Immune-protected xenogeneic bioartificial livers with liver-specific microarchitecture and hydrogel-encapsulated cells

Da Yoon No, Gi Seok Jeong, Sang Hoon Lee

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Development of a xenogeneic biological liver support is important in providing a bridge to transplantation or liver regeneration, thus helping to overcome the chronic shortage of liver donors. Among the critical factors in developing biological liver support are the creation of invivo mimetic micro liver tissue (mLT), especially mLTs containing liver-specific ultrastructure, and an encapsulation method that can package massive numbers of cells while providing immune-protection from the host immune system. We describe here the development of mLTs that include liver microarchitecture and their in situ encapsulation in hydrogel composites. Concave microwells and the tri-culture of three types of primary liver cells were applied for the construction of mLTs showing excellent liver functions and long-term (>1 month) viability invitro. Large quantities of rat mLTs were encapsulated in collagen-alginate composites, implanted into hepatic failure mice and sustained their survival during regeneration of the remaining liver. The proposed liver support system offers xenogeneic hepatic assistance by mimicking native liver microarchitecture and providing immune-protection without the need for complicated devices or processes, and as such represents a promising system for recovery of organ function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8983-8991
Number of pages9
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Industrial Strategic Technology Development Program , the Ministry of Trade industry & Energy (MI, Korea) (No. 10041923 ) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. 2013046403 ).


  • Bioartificial liver
  • Hepatocyte
  • Hydrogel
  • Microencapsulation
  • Tissue engineering
  • Xenotransplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biophysics
  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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