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University of Washington

Vessels with Muscle

Caption: The engineered microvessels can form bends and T-junctions. The blue dots are the nuclei of the endothelial cells in the vessel walls, and the cell junctions are red. When smooth muscle cells (green) are introduced, they wrap and tighten around the vessels like they do in the human body.

Credit: Y. Zheng, U. of Washington

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