Halloysite clay nanotubes for tissue engineering

Written by Nanomedicine

Nanomedicine Editorial discussing potential applications of the tubular nanomaterial halloysite in tissue engineering, by Rawil F Fakhrullin and Yuri M Lvov from Kazan Federal University (Russia).

Tissue engineering is an important approach within the regenerative medicine field aimed at fabricating functional man-made biomimetic composites to support the replacement or regeneration of diseased or damaged organs or tissues. Engineered constructs normally consist of cells and a scaffold, and nanomaterials can be used to modify these structures further, for example for tracking, altering mechanical properties and loading effectors such as growth factors.

In this Editorial, authors Rawil F Fakhrullin and Yuri M Lvov from Kazan Federal University (Russia) pledge the case for the use of halloysite nanotubes in tissue engineering. They highlight the properties that make them suitable for this purpose, potential applications within tissue fabrication, such as drug delivery, and the expected trends and work around their future use.

Fakhrullin RF, Lvov YM. Halloysite clay nanotubes for tissue engineering. Nanomedicine 11(17), 2243—2246 (2016).

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