Engineered endothelium provides angiogenic and paracrine stimulus to grafted human ovarian tissue Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Blastocyst
  • Stem Cells


  • Despite major advances in tissue cryopreservation and auto-transplantation, reperfusion ischemia and hypoxia have been reported as major obstacles to successful recovery of the follicular pool within grafted ovarian tissue. We demonstrate a benefit to follicular survival and function in human ovarian tissue that is co-transplanted with exogenous endothelial cells (ExEC). ExECs were capable of forming functionally perfused vessels at the host/graft interface and increased both viability and follicular volume in ExEC-assisted grafts with resumption of antral follicle development in long-term grafts. ExECs that were engineered to constitutively express anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) induced a greater proportion of quiescent primordial follicles than control ExECs, indicating suppression of premature mobilization that has been noted in the context of ovarian tissue transplantation. These findings present a cell-based strategy that combines accelerated perfusion with direct paracrine delivery of a bioactive payload to transplanted ovarian tissue.

publication date

  • December 2017



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC5557862

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41598-017-08491-z

PubMed ID

  • 28811567

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