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J. Funct. Biomater. 2017, 8(1), 6; doi:10.3390/jfb8010006

Aloe Vera for Tissue Engineering Applications

Department of Chemical, Biological and Bioengineering, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411, USA
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Academic Editor: Francesco Puoci
Received: 29 August 2016 / Revised: 5 February 2017 / Accepted: 7 February 2017 / Published: 14 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Journal of Functional Biomaterials: Feature Papers 2016)
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Abstract

Aloe vera, also referred as Aloe barbadensis Miller, is a succulent plant widely used for biomedical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years. However, recent significant advances have been made in the development of aloe vera for tissue engineering applications. Aloe vera has received considerable attention in tissue engineering due to its biodegradability, biocompatibility, and low toxicity properties. Aloe vera has been reported to have many biologically active components. The bioactive components of aloe vera have effective antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-modulatory effects that promote both tissue regeneration and growth. The aloe vera plant, its bioactive components, extraction and processing, and tissue engineering prospects are reviewed in this article. The use of aloe vera as tissue engineering scaffolds, gels, and films is discussed, with a special focus on electrospun nanofibers. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomaterials; aloe vera; tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; nanofibers biomaterials; aloe vera; tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; nanofibers
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Rahman, S.; Carter, P.; Bhattarai, N. Aloe Vera for Tissue Engineering Applications. J. Funct. Biomater. 2017, 8, 6.

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