In vitro models of angiogenesis and vasculogenesis in fibrin gel

Kristen T. Morin, Robert T. Tranquillo

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In vitro models of endothelial assembly into microvessels are useful for the study of angiogenesis and vasculogenesis. In addition, such models may be used to provide the microvasculature required to sustain engineered tissues. A large range of in vitro models of both angiogenesis and vasculogenesis have utilized fibrin gel as a scaffold. Although fibrin gel is conducive to endothelial assembly, its ultrastructure varies substantially based on the gel formulation and gelation conditions, making it challenging to compare between models. This work reviews existing models of endothelial assembly in fibrin gel and posits that differerences between models are partially caused by microstructural differences in fibrin gel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2409-2417
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Cell Research
Issue number16
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • Angiogenesis
  • Fibrin
  • Vasculogenesis


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