We manufactured an artificial trachea that slowly releases bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) and used it to replace a section of the canine trachea. We made a three-layered prosthesis composed of an outer layer of gelatin sponge, a middle layer of collagen sponge, and an inner silicone tube. BMP-2 solution was soaked into the gelatin sponge layer. An approximately 3 cm length of the canine trachea was resected, and the artificial trachea was inserted into the resulting gap and anastomosed. The implanted portion was covered by periosteum. At 2, 4, and 8 weeks after surgery, the inner silicone tube was removed. Soon after removal of the silicone tube at 2 and 4 weeks, the dogs died of choking because of collapse of the trachea. One dog whose silicone tube was removed at 8 weeks was able to survive without choking. At 6 months after removal of the silicone tube, the bronchoscopic findings revealed that the gap in the trachea had been closed by regenerated tissue and covered by mucosa. We have demonstrated that our artificial trachea slowly releasing BMP-2 requires at least 8 weeks to achieve regeneration of solid tissue to support the tracheal gap.
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|Published - 2003 Sept