Regenerative medicine is a critical frontier in biomedical and clinical research. The major progresses in the last few years were driven by a strong clinical need which could benefit from regenerative medicine outcomes for the treatment of a large number of conditions including birth defects, degenerative and neoplastic diseases, and traumatic injuries. Regenerative medicine applies the principles of engineering and life sciences to enhance the comprehension of the fundamental biological mechanisms underlying the structure-function relationships in physiologic and pathologic tissues and to accomplish alternative strategies for developing in vitro biological substitutes which are able to restore, maintain, or improve tissue, and organ function. This paper reviews selected approaches currently being investigated at Politecnico di Milano in the field of regenerative medicine. Specific tissue-oriented topics are divided in three sections according to each developmental stage: in vitro study, pre-clinical study, and clinical application. In vitro studies investigate the basic phenomena related to gene delivery, stem cell behavior, tissue regeneration, and to explore dynamic culture potentiality in different applications: cardiac and skeletal muscle, cartilage, hematopoietic system, peripheral nerve, and gene delivery. Specific fields of regenerative medicine, i.e., bone, blood vessels, and ligaments engineering have already reached the preclinical stage providing promising insights for further research towards clinical applications. The translation of the results obtained during in vitro and preclinical steps into clinical organ replacement is a very challenging issue, which can offer a valid alternative to fight morbidity, organ shortage, and ethical-social problems associated with allotransplantation as shown in the clinical case reported in this review.

Trends in biomedical engineering: Focus on regenerative medicine.

ASNAGHI, MARIA ADELAIDE;CANDIANI, GABRIELE;FARE', SILVIA;FIORE, GIANFRANCO BENIAMINO;PETRINI, PAOLA;RAIMONDI, MANUELA TERESA;SONCINI, MONICA;MANTERO, SARA
2011

Abstract

Regenerative medicine is a critical frontier in biomedical and clinical research. The major progresses in the last few years were driven by a strong clinical need which could benefit from regenerative medicine outcomes for the treatment of a large number of conditions including birth defects, degenerative and neoplastic diseases, and traumatic injuries. Regenerative medicine applies the principles of engineering and life sciences to enhance the comprehension of the fundamental biological mechanisms underlying the structure-function relationships in physiologic and pathologic tissues and to accomplish alternative strategies for developing in vitro biological substitutes which are able to restore, maintain, or improve tissue, and organ function. This paper reviews selected approaches currently being investigated at Politecnico di Milano in the field of regenerative medicine. Specific tissue-oriented topics are divided in three sections according to each developmental stage: in vitro study, pre-clinical study, and clinical application. In vitro studies investigate the basic phenomena related to gene delivery, stem cell behavior, tissue regeneration, and to explore dynamic culture potentiality in different applications: cardiac and skeletal muscle, cartilage, hematopoietic system, peripheral nerve, and gene delivery. Specific fields of regenerative medicine, i.e., bone, blood vessels, and ligaments engineering have already reached the preclinical stage providing promising insights for further research towards clinical applications. The translation of the results obtained during in vitro and preclinical steps into clinical organ replacement is a very challenging issue, which can offer a valid alternative to fight morbidity, organ shortage, and ethical-social problems associated with allotransplantation as shown in the clinical case reported in this review.
JOURNAL OF APPLIED BIOMATERIALS & BIOMECHANICS
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