Isochoric supercooled preservation and revival of human cardiac microtissues Institutional Repository Document uri icon


  • AbstractLow-temperature ex vivo preservation and tissue engineering based on human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) represent two of the most promising routes towards on-demand access to organs for transplantation. While these fields are often considered divergent from one another, advances in both fields present critical new opportunities for crossover. Herein we demonstrate the first-ever sub-zero centigrade preservation and revival of autonomously beating three-dimensional hiPSC-derived cardiac microtissues1 via isochoric supercooling2, without the use of chemical cryoprotectants. We show that these tissues can cease autonomous beating during preservation and resume it after warming, that the supercooling process does not affect sarcomere structural integrity, and that the tissues maintain responsiveness to drug exposure following revival. Our work suggests both that functional three dimensional (3D) engineered tissues may provide an excellent high-content, low-risk testbed to study organ preservation in a genetically human context, and that isochoric supercooling may provide a robust method for preserving and reviving engineered tissues themselves.

altmetric score

  • 1.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Powell-Palm, M. J., Charwat, V., Charrez, B., Siemons, B., Healy, K. E., & Rubinsky, B.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Powell-Palm, Matthew J||Charwat, Verena||Charrez, Berenice||Siemons, Brian||Healy, Kevin E||Rubinsky, Boris

Book Title

  • bioRxiv

publication date

  • March 2021