Tissue Engineering the Cornea: The Evolution of RAFT
AbstractCorneal blindness affects over 10 million people worldwide and current treatment strategies often involve replacement of the defective layer with healthy tissue. Due to a worldwide donor cornea shortage and the absence of suitable biological scaffolds, recent research has focused on the development of tissue engineering techniques to create alternative therapies. This review will detail how we have refined the simple engineering technique of plastic compression of collagen to a process we now call Real Architecture for 3D Tissues (RAFT). The RAFT production process has been standardised, and steps have been taken to consider Good Manufacturing Practice compliance. The evolution of this process has allowed us to create biomimetic epithelial and endothelial tissue equivalents suitable for transplantation and ideal for studying cell-cell interactions in vitro. View Full-Text
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Levis, H.J.; Kureshi, A.K.; Massie, I.; Morgan, L.; Vernon, A.J.; Daniels, J.T. Tissue Engineering the Cornea: The Evolution of RAFT. J. Funct. Biomater. 2015, 6, 50-65.
Levis HJ, Kureshi AK, Massie I, Morgan L, Vernon AJ, Daniels JT. Tissue Engineering the Cornea: The Evolution of RAFT. Journal of Functional Biomaterials. 2015; 6(1):50-65.Chicago/Turabian Style
Levis, Hannah J.; Kureshi, Alvena K.; Massie, Isobel; Morgan, Louise; Vernon, Amanda J.; Daniels, Julie T. 2015. "Tissue Engineering the Cornea: The Evolution of RAFT." J. Funct. Biomater. 6, no. 1: 50-65.