Emerging scaffold‑ and cellular‑based strategies for brain tissue regeneration and imaging

last updated: 2022-03-18
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TitleEmerging scaffold‑ and cellular‑based strategies for brain tissue regeneration and imaging
Publication TypeReview Paper
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsCollins M. N., Zamboni F., Serafin A., Escobar A., Stepanian R., Culebras M., Reis R. L., and Oliveira J. M.
Abstract Text

Stimulating brain tissue regeneration is a major challenge after central nervous system (CNS) injury, such as those observed from trauma or cerebrovascular accidents. Full regeneration is difficult even when a neurogenesis-associated repair response may occur. Currently, there are no effective treatments to stimulate brain tissue regeneration. However, biomaterial scaffolds are showing promising results, where hydrogels are the materials of choice to develop these supportive scaffolds for cell carriers. Their combination with growth factors, such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), or vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), together with other cell therapy strategies allows the prevention of further neuronal death and can potentially lead to the direct stimulation of neurogenesis and vascularisation at the injured site. Imaging of the injured site is particularly critical to study the reestablishment of neural cell functionality after brain tissue injury. This review outlines the latest key advances associated with different strategies aiming to promote the neuroregeneration, imaging, and functional recovery of brain tissue.

JournalIn vitro models
Date Published2022-03-17
PublisherSpringer Nature
KeywordsBrain, scaffolds, Tissue engineering
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