Polymeric Materials, Advances and Applications in Tissue Engineering: A Review

María Cecilia Socci, Gabriela Rodríguez, Emilia Oliva, Shigeko Fushimi, Kiyofumi Takabatake, Hitoshi Nagatsuka, Carmelo José Felice, Andrea Paola Rodríguez

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Tissue Engineering (TE) is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses materials science in combination with biological and engineering sciences. In recent years, an increase in the demand for therapeutic strategies for improving quality of life has necessitated innovative approaches to designing intelligent biomaterials aimed at the regeneration of tissues and organs. Polymeric porous scaffolds play a critical role in TE strategies for providing a favorable environment for tissue restoration and establishing the interaction of the biomaterial with cells and inducing substances. This article reviewed the various polymeric scaffold materials and their production techniques, as well as the basic elements and principles of TE. Several interesting strategies in eight main TE application areas of epithelial, bone, uterine, vascular, nerve, cartilaginous, cardiac, and urinary tissue were included with the aim of learning about current approaches in TE. Different polymer-based medical devices approved for use in clinical trials and a wide variety of polymeric biomaterials are currently available as commercial products. However, there still are obstacles that limit the clinical translation of TE implants for use wide in humans, and much research work is still needed in the field of regenerative medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Article number218
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • biomaterials
  • regenerative medicine
  • scaffolds
  • stem cells
  • tissue engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering


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