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Title: Electrospun nanofibers: Work for medicine?
Authors: Liao, S. 
Chan, C.K. 
Ramakrishna, S. 
Keywords: Biomimetic materials
Stem cell
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Citation: Liao, S.,Chan, C.K.,Ramakrishna, S. (2010-02). Electrospun nanofibers: Work for medicine?. Frontiers of Materials Science in China 4 (1) : 29-33. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Attempts have been made to fabricate nanofibrous scaffolds to mimic the chemical composition and structural properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM) for tissue/organ replacement. Nanofiber scaffolds with various patterns have been successfully produced from synthetic and natural polymers through a relatively simple technique of electrospinning. The resulting patterns can mimic some of the diverse tissue-specific orientation and three-dimensional (3D) fibrous structures. Studies on cell-nanofiber interactions, including studies on stem cells, have revealed the importance of nanotopography on cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. Furthermore, clinical application of electrospun nanofibers including wound healing, tissue regeneration, drug delivery and stem cell therapy are highly feasible due to the ease and flexibility of fabrication of making nanofiber with this cost-effective method using electrospinning. In this review, we have highlighted the current state of the art and provided future perspectives on electrospun nanofiber in medical applications. © 2010 Higher Education Press and Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Source Title: Frontiers of Materials Science in China
ISSN: 16737377
DOI: 10.1007/s11706-010-0009-0
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