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Derya Aytemiz, Wataru Sakiyama, Yu Suzuki, Naoki Nakaizumi, Ryou Tanaka, Yoko Ogawa, Yoshihide Takagi, Yasumoto Nakazawa and Tetsuo Asakura Small-Diameter Silk Vascular Grafts (3 mm Diameter) with a Double-Raschel Knitted Silk Tube Coated with Silk Fibroin Sponge Advanced Healthcare Materials 2

Article first published online: 27 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201200227

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Silk fibroin vascular graft with 3 mm diameter, which can be used for the coronary arteries or lower extremity arteries, is prepared. Sufficient strength, proper elasticity, protection from loose ends in the implantation process, low water permeability, and relatively large compliance are obtained. These excellent physical properties make it possible for silk fibroin grafts to be implanted in a canine model.

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