Fabrication of Large Size Ex Vivo-Produced Oral Mucosal Equivalents for Clinical Application

Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2015 Sep;21(9):872-80. doi: 10.1089/ten.tec.2014.0600. Epub 2015 Apr 15.


The soft tissue reconstruction of significant avulsed and/or surgically created tissue defects requires the ability to manufacture substantial soft tissue constructs for repair of the resulting wounds. In this study, we detail the issues that need to be addressed in upsizing the manufacture of larger tissue-engineered devices (ex vivo-produced oral mucosa equivalent [EVPOME]) in vitro from a methodology previously used for smaller constructs. The larger-sized EVPOME, consisting of autologous human oral keratinocytes and a dermal substitute, AlloDerm(®), was fabricated for the purpose of reconstructing large clinical defects. Regulated as an autologous somatic cell therapy product, the fabrication process abided by current Good Manufacturing Practices and current Good Tissue Practices as required by the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Successful fabrication of large EVPOMEs utilized a higher cell seeding density (5.3×10(5) cells/cm(2)) with a relatively thinner AlloDerm, ranging from 356.6 to 508.0 μm in thickness. During the air-liquid interface culture, the thickness of the scaffold affected the medium diffusion rate, which, in turn, resulted in changes of epithelial stratification. Histologically, keratinocyte progenitor (p63), proliferation (Ki-67), and late differentiation marker (filaggrin) expression showed differences correlating with the expression of glucose transporter-1 (GLUT1) in the EVPOMEs from the thickest (550-1020 μm) to the thinnest (228.6-330.2 μm) AlloDerm scaffold. Glucose consumption and 2-deoxyglucose (2DG) uptake showed direct correlation with scaffold thickness. The scaffold size and thickness have an impact on the cellular phenotype and epithelial maturation in the manufacturing process of the EVPOME due to the glucose accessibility influenced by the diffusion rate. These outcomes provide basic strategies to manufacture a large-sized, healthy EVPOME graft for reconstructing large mucosa defects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cell Count
  • Deoxyglucose / metabolism
  • Diffusion
  • Epithelium / metabolism
  • Female
  • Filaggrin Proteins
  • Humans
  • Keratinocytes / cytology
  • Male
  • Mouth Mucosa / physiology*
  • Staining and Labeling
  • Tissue Culture Techniques
  • Tissue Engineering / methods*


  • FLG protein, human
  • Filaggrin Proteins
  • Deoxyglucose