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Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2014 Sep;46(3):342-8. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezu148. Epub 2014 Jul 24.

Bioprinting technology and its applications.

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1
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.
2
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC, USA jyoo@wakehealth.edu.

Abstract

Bioprinting technology has emerged as a powerful tool for building tissue and organ structures in the field of tissue engineering. This technology allows precise placement of cells, biomaterials and biomolecules in spatially predefined locations within confined three-dimensional (3D) structures. Various bioprinting technologies have been developed and utilized for applications in life sciences, ranging from studying cellular mechanisms to constructing tissues and organs for implantation, including heart valve, myocardial tissue, trachea and blood vessels. In this article, we introduce the general principles and limitations of the most widely used bioprinting technologies, including jetting- and extrusion-based systems. Application-based research focused on tissue regeneration is presented, as well as the current challenges that hamper clinical utility of bioprinting technology.

KEYWORDS:

Bioprinting; Reconstruction; Regenerative medicine

PMID:
25061217
DOI:
10.1093/ejcts/ezu148
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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