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Biomedicines 2017, 5(1), 4; doi:10.3390/biomedicines5010004

The Current Use of Stem Cells in Bladder Tissue Regeneration and Bioengineering

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Department of Urology, Davis School of Medicine, University of California, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA
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Stem Cell Program, Institute for Regenerative Cures, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA
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Academic Editors: David T. Harris and Wenbin Deng
Received: 31 October 2016 / Revised: 23 December 2016 / Accepted: 26 December 2016 / Published: 6 January 2017
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Abstract

Many pathological processes including neurogenic bladder and malignancy necessitate bladder reconstruction, which is currently performed using intestinal tissue. The use of intestinal tissue, however, subjects patients to metabolic abnormalities, bladder stones, and other long-term sequelae, raising the need for a source of safe and reliable bladder tissue. Advancements in stem cell biology have catapulted stem cells to the center of many current tissue regeneration and bioengineering strategies. This review presents the recent advancements in the use of stem cells in bladder tissue bioengineering. View Full-Text
Keywords: urothelium; tissue engineering; bladder; stem cells urothelium; tissue engineering; bladder; stem cells
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Chan, Y.Y.; Sandlin, S.K.; Kurzrock, E.A.; Osborn, S.L. The Current Use of Stem Cells in Bladder Tissue Regeneration and Bioengineering. Biomedicines 2017, 5, 4.

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