Tissue Regeneration: A Silk Road
AbstractSilk proteins are natural biopolymers that have extensive structural possibilities for chemical and mechanical modifications to facilitate novel properties, functions, and applications in the biomedical field. The versatile processability of silk fibroins (SF) into different forms such as gels, films, foams, membranes, scaffolds, and nanofibers makes it appealing in a variety of applications that require mechanically superior, biocompatible, biodegradable, and functionalizable biomaterials. There is no doubt that nature is the world’s best biological engineer, with simple, exquisite but powerful designs that have inspired novel technologies. By understanding the surface interaction of silk materials with living cells, unique characteristics can be implemented through structural modifications, such as controllable wettability, high-strength adhesiveness, and reflectivity properties, suggesting its potential suitability for surgical, optical, and other biomedical applications. All of the interesting features of SF, such as tunable biodegradation, anti-bacterial properties, and mechanical properties combined with potential self-healing modifications, make it ideal for future tissue engineering applications. In this review, we first demonstrate the current understanding of the structures and mechanical properties of SF and the various functionalizations of SF matrices through chemical and physical manipulations. Then the diverse applications of SF architectures and scaffolds for different regenerative medicine will be discussed in detail, including their current applications in bone, eye, nerve, skin, tendon, ligament, and cartilage regeneration. View Full-Text
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Jao, D.; Mou, X.; Hu, X. Tissue Regeneration: A Silk Road. J. Funct. Biomater. 2016, 7, 22.
Jao D, Mou X, Hu X. Tissue Regeneration: A Silk Road. Journal of Functional Biomaterials. 2016; 7(3):22.Chicago/Turabian Style
Jao, Dave; Mou, Xiaoyang; Hu, Xiao. 2016. "Tissue Regeneration: A Silk Road." J. Funct. Biomater. 7, no. 3: 22.
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