patent number 8529951
Disclosed are elastogenic cues that can be utilized to encourage growth and development of elastin-containing cellular constructs. The elastogenic cues include hyaluronan fragments and oligomers, optionally in conjunction with growth factors and/or a source of copper ions. The elastogenic cues can up-regulate elastin matrix synthesis and by vascular smooth muscle cells. In addition to encouraging synthesis of elastin in a cellular matrix and organization into elastic fibers, the elastogenic cues can also stabilize the formed ECM matrix through suppression of elastin-laminin receptor (ELR). In addition, the elastogenic cues can inhibit cell hyper-proliferation (e.g., hyperplasia) common in inflammatory vascular disease.
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