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Expert Opin Biol Ther. 2004 Jun;4(6):773-81.

What is regenerative medicine? Emergence of applied stem cell and developmental biology.

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Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA.


Regenerative medicine is an emerging, but still poorly defined, field of biomedicine. The ongoing 'regenerative medicine revolution' is based on a series of new exciting breakthrough discoveries in the field of stem cell biology and developmental biology. The main problem of regenerative medicine is not so much stem cell differentiation, isolation and lineage diversity, although these are very important issues, but rather stem cell mobilisation, recruitment and integration into functional tissues. The key issue in enhancing tissue and organ regeneration is how to mobilise circulating stem and progenitor cells and how to provide an appropriate environment ('niche') for their tissue and organo-specific recruitment, 'homing' and complete functional integration. We need to know more about basic tissue biology, tissue regeneration and the cellular and molecular mechanisms of tissue turnover (both cellular and extracellular components) at different periods of human life and in different diseases. Systematic in silico, in vitro and in vivo research is a foundation for further progress in regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine is a rapidly advancing field that opens new and exciting opportunities for completely revolutionary therapeutic modalities and technologies. Regenerative medicine is, at its essence, an emergence of applied stem cell and developmental biology.

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