Changes in extracellular matrix proteins may contribute significantly to the adaptation of vein grafts to the arterial circulation. We examined the production and distribution of versican and hyaluronan in intact human vein rings cultured ex vivo, veins perfused ex vivo, and cultured venous adventitial and smooth muscle cells.
Kenagy RD, Kikuchi S, Evanko SP, Ruiter MS, Piola M, Longchamp A, Pesce M, Soncini M, Deglise S, Fiore GB, Haefliger JA, Schmidt TA, Majesky MW, Sobel M, Wight TN. Versican is differentially regulated in the adventitial and medial layers of human vein grafts. PLoS One 2018 Sep 28;13(9):e0204045