Detergent-free decellularized nerve grafts for long-gap peripheral nerve reconstruction

Srikanth Vasudevan, Jiying Huang, Barry Botterman, Hani S. Matloub, Edward Keefer, Jonathan Cheng

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BACKGROUND: Long-gap peripheral nerve defects arising from tumor, trauma, or birth-related injuries requiring nerve reconstruction are currently treated using nerve autografts and nerve allografts. Autografts are associated with limited supply and donor-site morbidity. Allografts require administration of transient immunosuppressants, which has substantial associated risks. To overcome these limitations, we investigated the use of detergent-free decellularized nerve grafts to reconstruct long-gap nerve defects in a rodent model and compared it with existing detergent processing techniques. METHODS: Nerve grafts were harvested from the sciatic nerves of 9 donor rats. Twenty-four recipient rats were divided into 4 groups (6 animals per group): (1) nerve grafts (NG, positive control), (2) detergent-free decellularized (DFD) grafts, (3) detergent decellularized grafts, and (4) silicone tube conduits (negative control). Each recipient rat had a 3.5-cm graft or conduit sutured across a sciatic nerve transection injury. All animals were harvested at 12 weeks postimplantation for functional muscle analysis and nerve histomorphometry. RESULTS: Histomorphometry results indicated maximum growth in NG when compared with other groups. DFD and detergent decellularized groups showed comparable regeneration at 12 weeks. Silicone tube group showed no regeneration as expected. Muscle force data indicated functional recovery in NG and DFD groups only. CONCLUSIONS: This study describes a detergent-free nerve decellularization technique for reconstruction of long-gap nerve injuries. We compared DFD grafts with an established detergent processing technique and found that DFD nerve grafts are successful in promoting regeneration across long-gap peripheral nerve defects as an alternative to existing strategies.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License, where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0. American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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StateAccepted/In press - Aug 14 2014

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Peripheral Nerves
Detergents
Transplants
Regeneration
Autografts
Silicones
Sciatic Nerve
Licensure
Allografts
Wounds and Injuries
Birth Injuries
Muscles
Immunosuppressive Agents
Rodentia
Tissue Donors
Morbidity

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Detergent-free decellularized nerve grafts for long-gap peripheral nerve reconstruction. / Vasudevan, Srikanth; Huang, Jiying; Botterman, Barry; Matloub, Hani S.; Keefer, Edward; Cheng, Jonathan.

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