Material-based strategies to engineer fibronectin matrices for regenerative medicine

Llopis-Hernandez, V., Cantini, M. , González-García, C. and Salmeron-Sanchez, M. (2015) Material-based strategies to engineer fibronectin matrices for regenerative medicine. International Materials Reviews, 60(5), pp. 245-264. (doi: 10.1179/1743280414Y.0000000049)

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Engineering biomaterials for regenerative medicine involves a myriad of aspects to be considered for the successful design, interaction with cells and integration with living tissues (i.e. pore size, mechanical properties, degradation rate, biological activity). Among different technologies used to functionalise synthetic biomaterials and promote cell adhesion, cell growth and cell differentiation, this review focuses on strategies to organise extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in a biomimetic way, as cells do in natural tissues in vivo (the ECM is a mesh of proteins that surrounds cells, and therefore, constitutes the scaffolding of a tissue), but using functional materials instead of living cells. The authors critically review material-based strategies to organise fibronectin (FN), a core component in the ECM of many tissues, and engineer microenvironments that recapitulate the structure and properties of the ECM. Material-driven organisation of FN in analogy with their natural cell-mediated assembly is a powerful route to engineer the network structure and biological activity of FN fibrillar matrices, seeking to develop biomimetic scaffolds for regenerative medicine. Here, the authors discuss different routes to promote the cell-free formation of FN fibrils as well as the biological impact of these engineered cellular microenvironments.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Salmeron-Sanchez, Professor Manuel and Llopis-Hernandez, Dr Virginia and Cantini, Dr Marco and Gonzalez Garcia, Dr Cristina
Authors: Llopis-Hernandez, V., Cantini, M., González-García, C., and Salmeron-Sanchez, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:International Materials Reviews
Publisher:Maney Publishing
ISSN (Online):1743-2804

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
626901HEALINSYNERGY - Material-driven fibronectin fibrillogenesis to engineer synergistic growth factor microenvironmentsManuel Salmeron-SanchezEuropean Research Council (ERC)306990ENG - BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING