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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Feb 23;107(8):3346-50. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0909367106. Epub 2009 Nov 13.

Bioengineered corporal tissue for structural and functional restoration of the penis.

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Department of Urology, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA.

Abstract

Various reconstructive procedures have been attempted to restore a cosmetically acceptable phallus that would allow normal reproductive, sexual, and urinary function in patients requiring penile reconstruction. However, these procedures are limited by a shortage of native penile tissue. We previously demonstrated that a short segment of the penile corporal body can be replaced using naturally derived collagen matrices with autologous cells. In the current study, we examined the feasibility of engineering the entire pendular penile corporal bodies in a rabbit model. Neocorpora were engineered from cavernosal collagen matrices seeded with autologous cells using a multistep static/dynamic procedure, and these were implanted to replace the excised corpora. The bioengineered corpora demonstrated structural and functional parameters similar to native tissue and male rabbits receiving the bilateral implants were able to successfully impregnate females. This study demonstrates that neocorpora can be engineered for total pendular penile corporal body replacement. This technology has considerable potential for patients requiring penile reconstruction.

PMID:
19915140
PMCID:
PMC2840474
DOI:
10.1073/pnas.0909367106
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