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Biomaterials used to repair liver

Biocompatible materials that emulate living tissues can be used for tissue repair and regeneration. Polymer scaffolds, for example, mimic the network that connects cells and stimulates cell adhesion. They can also transport various cell types. Now, stem cells differentiated into liver-like cells from bone marrow stem cells can be delivered to the liver using a fibrous polymer scaffold containing the peptide RGD, thanks to a technique developed by a team led by Dr Andrew Wan at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. You can read the full article here.

The photo by Benjamin Tai shows a fluorescence microscopy image of the scaffold-embedded cells showing the integration of the fibers (yellow-green) with differentiated cells after implantation. Cell nuclei are stained blue.

March 19, 2010 Posted by | Nanobiology, Nanomaterials, Nanomedicine, Uncategorized | Leave a comment