Bovine ovary-derived extracellular matrix hydrogel supports in vitro growth of bovine early antral follicles

Emma S. Gargus, Hoi Chang Lee, Jiyang Zhang, Teresa K. Woodruff

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Abstract

Statement of Purpose: Decellularization is a promising technique to generate tissue-specific biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Our group was the first to decellularize an ovary, repopulate it with ovarian cells, and show that the decellularized ovary scaffold supported the function of ovarian cells in vitro and in vivo, as evidenced by secretion of estradiol and inhibin A (1). Despite this success, the use of decellularized tissue scaffolds comes with limitations; specifically, matrix properties and architectures are “locked in," and it is very difficult to control the placement and seeding efficiency of different cell types within the structure. Furthermore, there is another important consideration specific to ovary tissue engineering: maintenance of the 3D architecture of the ovarian follicle, the oocyte surrounded by somatic cells. Maintenance of this 3D architecture is critical for follicle survival and function but cannot be achieved efficiently in decellularized tissue scaffolds due to their fixed porosity. To overcome these limitations, we processed decellularized ovaries into ovary-specific hydrogels compatible with follicle encapsulation and 3D patterning (e.g. micromolding, direct extrusion 3D printing). The goal of this study was the evaluate the structural and mechanical properties of bovine ovary decellularized extracellular matrix (dECM) hydrogels derived from ovarian cortex and medulla and whole ovary, and whether they could be used to support in vitro growth of bovine ovarian follicles, which has been challenging using other biomaterial scaffolds (e.g. alginate, fibrin).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociety for Biomaterials Annual Meeting and Exposition 2019
Subtitle of host publicationThe Pinnacle of Biomaterials Innovation and Excellence - Transactions of the 42nd Annual Meeting
PublisherSociety for Biomaterials
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781510883901
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event42nd Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting and Exposition 2019: The Pinnacle of Biomaterials Innovation and Excellence - Seattle, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2019Apr 6 2019

Publication series

NameTransactions of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials and the Annual International Biomaterials Symposium
Volume40
ISSN (Print)1526-7547

Conference

Conference42nd Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting and Exposition 2019: The Pinnacle of Biomaterials Innovation and Excellence
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period4/3/194/6/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Materials Chemistry

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