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Nanoscale Res Lett. 2009 Mar 21;4(7):593-605. doi: 10.1007/s11671-009-9292-z.

Advances and prospect of nanotechnology in stem cells.

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  • 1Department of Bio-Nano-Science and Engineering, National Key Laboratory of Nano/Micro Fabrication Technology, Key Laboratory for Thin Film and Microfabrication of Ministry of Education, Institute of Micro-Nano Science and Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 200240, China. dxcui@sjtu.edu.cn.

Abstract

In recent years, stem cell nanotechnology has emerged as a new exciting field. Theoretical and experimental studies of interaction between nanomaterials or nanostructures and stem cells have made great advances. The importance of nanomaterials, nanostructures, and nanotechnology to the fundamental developments in stem cells-based therapies for injuries and degenerative diseases has been recognized. In particular, the effects of structure and properties of nanomaterials on the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells have become a new interdisciplinary frontier in regeneration medicine and material science. Here we review some of the main advances in this field over the past few years, explore the application prospects, and discuss the issues, approaches and challenges, with the aim of improving application of nanotechnology in the stem cells research and development.

KEYWORDS:

Nanomaterials; Nanostructure; Nanotechnology; Regeneration medicine; Stem cells

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PMC2894000
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