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Artif Organs. 2018 Nov;42(11):1086-1094. doi: 10.1111/aor.13298. Epub 2018 Oct 7.

Bone Marrow Stem Cells-Seeded Polyethylene Terephthalate Scaffold in Repair and Regeneration of Rabbit Achilles Tendon.

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Department of Sports Medicine, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China.


The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs)-seeded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) scaffold for Achilles tendon repair in a rabbit model. The allogeneic BMSCs were seeded onto the PET scaffold and cultured in vitro for 14 days. Sixteen mature New Zealand rabbits underwent surgery to establish a 2-cm Achilles tendon defect model. The BMSCs-seeded PET scaffold was implanted into the defect of one limb (BMSCs-PET group), while the PET scaffold without BMSCs was implanted into the defect of contralateral limb as the control (PET group). All rabbits were sacrificed at 6 and 12 weeks after surgery. At 12 weeks after surgery, macroscopic and histological results showed formation of tendon-like tissues, and the structure was more mature in the BMSCs-PET group. Immunohistochemical analysis and real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) demonstrated that the collagen I and collagen III were significantly higher in the BMSCs-PET group compared with those in the PET group. Mechanically, both the failure load and the average stiffness were significantly higher in the BMSCs-PET group than those in the PET group. In conclusion, BMSCs-seeded PET scaffold could effectively facilitate the healing process after being implanted in a rabbit Achilles tendon defect model.


Achilles tendon; Bone marrow stem cell; Polyethylene terephthalate; Regeneration; Scaffold

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