Protein-based materials in load-bearing tissue-engineering applications

Written by Regenerative Medicine

Review by Esen Sayin, Erkan Türker Baran and Vasif Hasirci (METU, Turkey) discussing different protein-based biomaterials and techniques for engineering load-bearing tissue substitutes. Tissue engineering is a potential approach for repairing or replacing damaged, aged or diseased body parts, and could therefore be especially useful given the well-known shortage of organ donors. However, in the case of repairing or replacing load-bearing tissues such as bone and cartilage, the substitute materials must have sufficiently strong compressive and tensile mechanical strength, as well as match the elasticity of the target tissues. This Review by Esen Sayin, Erkan Türker Baran and Vasif Hasirci...

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