Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2010.12.017
Title: Biomimetic material strategies for cardiac tissue engineering
Authors: Prabhakaran, M.P. 
Venugopal, J. 
Kai, D.
Ramakrishna, S. 
Keywords: Cardiomyocytes
Hydrogels
Mechanical property
Myocardial infarction
Nanofibers
Scaffolds
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2011
Source: Prabhakaran, M.P., Venugopal, J., Kai, D., Ramakrishna, S. (2011-04-08). Biomimetic material strategies for cardiac tissue engineering. Materials Science and Engineering C 31 (3) : 503-513. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2010.12.017
Abstract: Cardiovascular disease precedes many serious complications including myocardial infarction (MI) and it remains a major problem for the global community. Adult mammalian heart has limited ability to regenerate and compensate for the loss of cardiomyocytes. Restoration of cardiac function by replacement of diseased myocardium with functional cardiomyocytes is an intriguing strategy because it offers a potential cure for MI. Biomaterials are fabricated in nanometer scale dimensions by combining the chemical, biological, mechanical and electrical aspects of material for potential tissue engineering (TE) applications. Synthetic polymers offer advantageous in their ability to tailor the mechanical properties, and natural polymers offer cell recognition sites necessary for cell, adhesion and proliferation. Cardiac tissue engineering (TE) aim for the development of a bioengineered construct that can provide physical support to the damaged cardiac tissue by replacing certain functions of the damaged extracellular matrix and prevent adverse cardiac remodeling and dysfunction after MI. Electrospun nanofibers are applied as heart muscle patches, while hydrogels serve as a platform for controlled delivery of growth factors, prevent mechanical complications and assist in cell recruitment. This article reviews the applications of different natural and synthetic polymeric materials utilized as cardiac patches, injectables or 3D constructs for cardiac TE. Smart organization of nanoscale assemblies with synergistic approaches of utilizing nanofibers and hydrogels could further advance the field of cardiac tissue engineering. Rapid innovations in biomedical engineering and cell biology will bring about new insights in the development of optimal scaffolds and methods to create tissue constructs with relevant contractile properties and electrical integration to replace or substitute the diseased myocardium. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Materials Science and Engineering C
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/68149
ISSN: 09284931
DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2010.12.017
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