Nature Communications is publishing an editorial expression of concern on the manuscript ‘Experimental orthotopic transplantation of a tissue-engineered oesophagus in rats’ from Sjöqvist et al. to alert our readership to concerns regarding the integrity of the study. An investigation related to this research has been conducted by the Expert Group for Misconduct in Research at the Swedish Central Ethical Review Board on behalf of Karolinska Institutet. A statement on behalf of the Expert Group summarizing the results of this investigation ( raises concerns regarding the extent to which the data presented in this Article accurately report and are fully representative of the results of the experiments that were carried out. Concerns have been raised regarding the in vitro characterization of the oesophageal scaffold, in vivo imaging of the transplanted oesophageal scaffold and the degree to which its transplantation into animals was successful. We are currently following our established process to investigate these issues further.

P.M., M.A.B., H.K., P.D., B.J. and D.A.T. agree, whereas S.S., P.J. and M.L.L. disagree with this notice. The other authors could either not be reached or did not provide a clear response.

About this article

Publication history




  1. Search for Sebastian Sjöqvist in:

  2. Search for Philipp Jungebluth in:

  3. Search for Mei Ling Lim in:

  4. Search for Johannes C. Haag in:

  5. Search for Ylva Gustafsson in:

  6. Search for Greg Lemon in:

  7. Search for Silvia Baiguera in:

  8. Search for Miguel Angel Burguillos in:

  9. Search for Costantino Del Gaudio in:

  10. Search for Antonio Beltran Rodriguez in:

  11. Search for Alexander Sotnichenko in:

  12. Search for Karolina Kublickiene in:

  13. Search for Henrik Ullman in:

  14. Search for Heike Kielstein in:

  15. Search for Peter Damberg in:

  16. Search for Alessandra Bianco in:

  17. Search for Rainer Heuchel in:

  18. Search for Ying Zhao in:

  19. Search for Domenico Ribatti in:

  20. Search for Cristián Ibarra in:

  21. Search for Bertrand Joseph in:

  22. Search for Doris A. Taylor in:

  23. Search for Paolo Macchiarini in:


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.