Glycolmethacrylate is superior to methylmethacrylate for histologic evaluation of biodegradable polymer scaffolds used for vascular tissue engineering

Jason D. Roh, Melissa Kacena, Reynold I. Lopz-Soler, Christiane E. Coady, Nancy W. Troiano, Christopher K. Breuer

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Abstract

The use of autologous arteries or veins is the "gold standard" for cardiovascular bypass grafting to repair congenital defects or diseased vessels. Nonetheless, a limited supply of healthy vessels for harvest necessitates the use of alternative graft materials. Biodegradable, tissue-engineering scaffolds offer much promise as a grafting material. However, to fully evaluate the efficacy of these scaffolds, multiple analyses must be performed, including histological evaluation. Routine processing and embedding in paraffin may not adequately infiltrate and support biodegradable scaffolds; therefore, alternate processing methods, such as plastic embedding, must be considered to produce high-quality histological sections. Here, we compare two methods for embedding scaffolds in plastic, using either glycolmethacrylate or methylmethacrylate. Overall, we found that glycolmethacrylate embedding and associated processing techniques were clearly superior to methylmethacrylate procedures as illustrated by intact sections with nicely preserved cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-250
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Histotechnology
Volume29
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Methylmethacrylate
Tissue Engineering
Blood Vessels
Polymers
Plastic Embedding
Paraffin Embedding
Tissue Scaffolds
Plastics
Veins
Arteries
Transplants

Keywords

  • Biodegradable scaffolds
  • Blood vessels
  • GMA
  • Histology
  • MMA
  • Tissue engineering
  • Tissue regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Cell Biology

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Glycolmethacrylate is superior to methylmethacrylate for histologic evaluation of biodegradable polymer scaffolds used for vascular tissue engineering. / Roh, Jason D.; Kacena, Melissa; Lopz-Soler, Reynold I.; Coady, Christiane E.; Troiano, Nancy W.; Breuer, Christopher K.

In: Journal of Histotechnology, Vol. 29, No. 4, 12.2006, p. 245-250.

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Roh, Jason D. ; Kacena, Melissa ; Lopz-Soler, Reynold I. ; Coady, Christiane E. ; Troiano, Nancy W. ; Breuer, Christopher K. / Glycolmethacrylate is superior to methylmethacrylate for histologic evaluation of biodegradable polymer scaffolds used for vascular tissue engineering. In: Journal of Histotechnology. 2006 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 245-250.
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