Special Issue "Membrane Systems for Tissue Engineering 2020"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Interests: preparation and Characterization of polymeric membrane systems for tissue engineering; regenerative medicine and bioartificial organs; fabrication of advanced membrane systems for creating 3D tissue models for tissue repair, pharmacological screening, and disease modeling
Interests: bioabsorbable medical devices; drug delivery; tissue engineering; nanofibers; core-shell microspheres
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Interests: membrane science and engineering; cell–membrane interactions; design and development of membrane bioreactors; bioartificial organs and in vitro tools; development of membranes for different tissues and organs (e.g., liver, neurons, skin, bone, mesenchymal stem cells, etc)
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Currently, in the field of tissue engineering, membrane-based approaches provide advanced systems that are able to mimic the native physiological environment of healthy tissues and, consequently, regulate cell behavior and support the regeneration of injured tissues/organs. A variety of membrane systems, including micro/nanofibers and scaffolds made of natural, synthetic or blend polymers, and bioreactors, have been widely investigated for engineering a range of tissues (i.e., liver, kidney, bone, nerve, skin, etc.).
For the design and fabrication of advanced tissue-engineered constructs, membrane properties including morphological, mechanical, physico-chemical, and transport and electrical properties, are key elements in dictating cellular behavior and in controlling new tissue formation. In this context, a challenging issue is to provide biofunctionality—mechanical and topographical features of the native target tissue within the membrane system to improve interactions with cells for greater repair and regeneration.
To date, membrane-based systems also have great potential as investigational tools in preclinical research, contributing to expand the available in vitro devices for drug testing applications and modeling of human disease. Therefore, membrane systems offer a broad range of applications in the field of tissue engineering.
This Special Issue aims to cover the latest developments and innovations regarding the multifunctional role of membrane systems for tissue engineering applications. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Advanced approaches in membrane synthesis and characterization;
- Functionalization procedures of membranes;
- Membrane bioreactors;
- Bioartificial organs;
- Cell–membrane interactions;
- Bioabsorbable materials;
- Micro/nano fabrication methods;
- Membranes for cell/drug delivery;
- In vitro membrane platforms for disease modeling/drug screening;
- Bioprinting methods;
- Microfluidic systems.
Authors are invited to submit their latest results; both original papers and reviews are welcome.
Dr. Sabrina Morelli
Prof. Dr. Shih-Jung (Sean) Liu
Dr. Loredana De Bartolo
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Membranes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Instructive membranes
- Tissue engineering
- Membrane bioreactors
- Bioartificial organs
- Membrane properties
- Mass transfer
- Implantable membranes
- Cell–membrane interactions