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Exp Dermatol. 2010 Aug;19(8):697-706. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0625.2010.01087.x.

Regenerative medicine in dermatology: biomaterials, tissue engineering, stem cells, gene transfer and beyond.

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Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany.


The term 'regenerative medicine' refers to a new and expanding field in biomedical research that focuses on the development of innovative therapies allowing the body to replace, restore and regenerate damaged or diseased cells, tissues and organs. It combines several technological approaches including the use of soluble molecules, biomaterials, tissue engineering, gene therapy, stem cell transplantation and the reprogramming of cell and tissue types. Because of its easy accessibility, skin is becoming an attractive model organ for regenerative medicine. Here, we review recent developments in regenerative medicine and their potential relevance for dermatology with a particular emphasis on biomaterials, tissue engineering, skin substitutes and stem cell-based therapies for skin reconstitution in patients suffering from chronic wounds and extensive burns.

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