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Issue 13, 2004

Injectable scaffolds for tissue regeneration

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Abstract

Tissue engineering aims to develop functional substitutes for damaged or diseased tissues through complex constructs of living cells, bioactive molecules and three-dimensional porous scaffolds, which support cell attachment, proliferation and differentiation. Such constructs can be formed either by seeding cells within a pre-formed scaffold or through injection of a solidifiable precursor and cell mixture to the defective tissue. As cell and bioactive molecule carriers, injectable scaffolds are appealing, particularly from the clinical point of view, because they offer the possibility of homogeneously distributing cells and molecular signals throughout the scaffold and can be injected directly into cavities, even of irregular shape and size, in a minimally invasive manner. In this paper the challenges in designing an injectable scaffold from the viewpoint of materials chemistry and the solidification mechanisms of injectable precursors are discussed. The applications of injectable scaffolds in angiogenesis, bone repair and cartilage regeneration are described.

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Submitted
02 Feb 2004
Accepted
06 May 2004
First published
25 May 2004

J. Mater. Chem., 2004,14, 1915-1923
Article type
Feature Article

Injectable scaffolds for tissue regeneration

Q. Hou, P. A. De Bank and K. M. Shakesheff, J. Mater. Chem., 2004, 14, 1915 DOI: 10.1039/B401791A

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