• Contact with existing adipose tissue is inductive for adipogenesis in matrigel.

      Kelly, John L; Findlay, Michael W; Knight, Kenneth R; Penington, Anthony; Thompson, Erik W; Messina, Aurora; Morrison, Wayne A; Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery, Melbourne, Australia. (Mary Ann Liebert Inc, 2006-07)
      The effect of adipose tissue on inductive adipogenesis within Matrigel (BD Biosciences) was assessed by using a murine chamber model containing a vascular pedicle. Three-chamber configurations that varied in the access to an adipose tissue source were used, including sealed- and open-chamber groups that had no access and limited access, respectively, to the surrounding adipose tissue, and a sealed-chamber group in which adipose tissue was placed as an autograft. All groups showed neovascularization, but varied in the amount of adipogenesis seen in direct relation to their access to preexisting adipose tissue: open chambers showed strong adipogenesis, whereas the sealed chambers had little or no adipose tissue; adipogenesis was restored in the autograft chamber group that contained 2- to 5-mg fat autografts. These showed significantly more adipogenesis than the sealed chambers with no autograft ( p < 0.01). Autografts with 1mg of fat were capable of producing adipogenesis but did so less consistently than the larger autografts. These findings have important implications for adipose tissue engineering strategies and for understanding de novo production of adipose tissue.
    • Generation of a vascularized organoid using skeletal muscle as the inductive source.

      Messina, Aurora; Bortolotto, Susan K; Cassell, Oliver C S; Kelly, Jack; Abberton, Keren M; Morrison, Wayne A; Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery, St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. messinaa@svhm.org.au (2005-09)
      The technology required for creating an in vivo microenvironment and a neovasculature that can grow with and service new tissue is lacking, precluding the possibility of engineering complex three-dimensional organs. We have shown that when an arterio-venous (AV) loop is constructed in vivo in the rat groin, and placed inside a semisealed chamber, an extensive functional vasculature is generated. To test whether this unusually angiogenic environment supports the survival and growth of implanted tissue or cells, we inserted various preparations of rat and human skeletal muscle. We show that after 6 weeks incubation of muscle tissue, the chamber filled with predominantly well-vascularized recipient-derived adipose tissue, but some new donor-derived skeletal muscle and connective tissue were also evident. When primary cultured myoblasts were inserted into the chamber with the AV loop, they converted to mature striated muscle fibers. Furthermore, we identify novel adipogenesis-inducing properties of skeletal muscle. This represents the first report of a specific three-dimensional tissue grown on its own vascular supply.