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Tendon tissue engineering with mesenchymal stem cells and biografts: an option for large tendon defects?
Xiao Chen1,Xiao Hui Zou1,Guo Li Yin1,Hong Wei Ouyang1
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Center for stem cells and Tissue Engineering, Tissue Engineering Center, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P.R..China
DOI: 10.2741/S3 Volume 1 Issue 1, pp.23-32
Published: 01 June 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tendons: the next frontier)
Abstract

The most important factors in the tissue engineering approach to tissue repair and regeneration are the use of appropriate cells and scaffolds. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are one of the most promising seed cells, which can be easily derived and have the potential to differentiate into various mesenchymal cell types as well as tenocytes in vitro and in vivo. Biological tendon grafts are the most common choice in current clinical practice, as they possess physical structure, strength and biocompatibility. We review the latest research findings on MSC-based tendon tissue engineering and recent advances in biological graft research.

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Xiao Chen, Xiao Hui Zou, Guo Li Yin, Hong Wei Ouyang. Tendon tissue engineering with mesenchymal stem cells and biografts: an option for large tendon defects?. Frontiers in Bioscience-Scholar. 2009. 1(1); 23-32.