Fiber-based fluorescence lifetime imaging of recellularization processes on vascular tissue constructs

Alba Alfonso-Garcia, Jeny Shklover, Benjamin E. Sherlock, Alyssa Panitch, Leigh G. Griffiths, Laura Marcu

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New techniques able to monitor the maturation of tissue engineered constructs over time are needed for a more efficient control of developmental parameters. Here, a label-free fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIm) approach implemented through a single fiber-optic interface is reported for nondestructive in situ assessment of vascular biomaterials. Recellularization processes of antigen removed bovine pericardium scaffolds with endothelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells were evaluated on the serous and the fibrous sides of the scaffolds, 2 distinct extracellular matrix niches, over the course of a 7 day culture period. Results indicated that fluorescence lifetime successfully report cell presence resolved from extracellular matrix fluorescence. The recellularization process was more rapid on the serous side than on the fibrous side for both cell types, and endothelial cells expanded faster than mesenchymal stem cells on antigen-removed bovine pericardium. Fiber-based FLIm has the potential to become a nondestructive tool for the assessment of tissue maturation by allowing in situ imaging of intraluminal vascular biomaterials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere201700391
JournalJournal of biophotonics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • fiber optics imaging
  • fluorescence lifetime imaging
  • tissue engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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