Journal article

Biofunctionalisation of polymeric scaffolds for neural tissue engineering

TY Wang, JS Forsythe, CL Parish, DR Nisbet

JOURNAL OF BIOMATERIALS APPLICATIONS | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

Patients who experience injury to the central or peripheral nervous systems invariably suffer from a range of dysfunctions due to the limited ability for repair and reconstruction of damaged neural tissue. Whilst some treatment strategies can provide symptomatic improvement of motor and cognitive function, they fail to repair the injured circuits and rarely offer long-term disease modification. To this end, the biological molecules, used in combination with neural tissue engineering scaffolds, may provide feasible means to repair damaged neural pathways. This review will focus on three promising classes of neural tissue engineering scaffolds, namely hydrogels, electrospun nanofibres and self..

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