A dive into the bath: embedded 3D bioprinting of freeform in vitro models

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TitleA dive into the bath: embedded 3D bioprinting of freeform in vitro models
Publication TypeInvited Review Paper
Öztuerk-Öncel M. Ö., Leal-Martínez B. H., Monteiro R. F., Gomes M. E., and Domingues R. M. A.

Designing functional, vascularized, human scale in vitro models with biomimetic architectures and multiple cell types is a highly promising strategy for both a better understanding of natural tissue/organ development stages to inspire regenerative medicine, and to test novel therapeutics on personalized microphysiological systems. Extrusion-based 3D bioprinting is an effective biofabrication technology to engineer living constructs with predefined geometries and cell patterns. However, bioprinting high-resolution multilayered structures with mechanically weak hydrogel bioinks is challenging. The advent of embedded 3D bioprinting systems in recent years offered new avenues to explore this technology for in vitro modeling. By providing a stable, cell-friendly and perfusable environment to hold the bioink during and after printing, it allows to recapitulate native tissues’ architecture and function in a well-controlled manner. Besides enabling freeform bioprinting of constructs with complex spatial organization, support baths can further provide functional housing systems for their long-term in vitro maintenance and screening. This minireview summarizes the recent advances in this field and discuss the enormous potential of embedded 3D bioprinting technologies as alternatives for the automated fabrication of more biomimetic in vitro models.

Journal TitleBiomaterials Science
Date Published2023-07-20
Publisher The Royal Society of Chemistry
Keywords3D bioprinting, in vitro 3d models, support bath
Peer reviewedyes

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