Protein-based signaling systems in tissue engineering


Boontheekul T, Mooney DJ. Protein-based signaling systems in tissue engineering. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2003;14 (5) :559-65.

Date Published:

2003 Oct


Tissue engineering aims to replace damaged tissues or organs using either transplanted cells or host cells recruited to the target site. Protein signaling is crucial to regulate cell phenotype and thus engineered tissue structure and function. Biomaterial vehicles are being designed to incorporate and locally deliver various molecules involved in this signaling, including both growth factors and peptides that mimick whole proteins. Controlling the concentration, local duration and spatial distribution of these factors is key to their utility and efficacy. Recent advances have been made in the development of polymeric delivery systems intended to achieve this control.
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