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Biotechnol Adv. 2012 Jan-Feb;30(1):338-51. doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2011.06.015. Epub 2011 Jun 29.

Stem cell-biomaterial interactions for regenerative medicine.

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Department of Experimental Medicine and Biochemical Science, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.


The synergism of stem cell biology and biomaterial technology promises to have a profound impact on stem-cell-based clinical applications for tissue regeneration. Biomaterials development is rapidly advancing to display properties that, in a precise and physiological fashion, could drive stem-cell fate both in vitro and in vivo. Thus, the design of novel materials is trying to recapitulate the molecular events involved in the production, clearance and interaction of molecules within tissue in pathologic conditions and regeneration of tissue/organs. In this review we will report on the challenges behind translating stem cell biology and biomaterial innovations into novel clinical therapeutic applications for tissue and organ replacements (graphical abstract).

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