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Medicine Research ›› 2017, Vol. 1 ›› Issue (1): 3-5.DOI: 10.21127/yaoyimr20170001

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Injectable Natural Biomaterials for Cartilage Tissue Engineering

Liu Wei,Yu Xiaowei()   

  1. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People's Hospital, Shanghai 200233, China
  • Received:2017-04-27 Accepted:2017-05-20 Online:2017-08-08 Published:2017-08-08
  • Contact: Yu Xiaowei
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Osteoarthritis has been a common disease among elderly people, but there is not a solution clinically efficient for osteoarthritis. Therefore, tissue engineering has been developed in the field of cartilage regeneration. Tissue engineering has three basic elements: cell, scaffold and growth factor. An injectable scaffold, which can form a gel with original liquid form at the site of defect by injection, is an emerging scaffold for cartilage engineering. A scaffold can be composed of many materials such as natural materials, synthetic materials, composite materials, as well as hybrid materials. This paper reviews natural materials for cartilage regeneration.


Key words: injectable, scaffold, cartilage, regeneration, osteoarthritis

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