Stem Cell Research and Therapies – Advanced Healthcare Materials Virtual Issue

Stem Cell Research and TherapiesWithStem Cell Research and Therapies their two key features – capacity for indefinite proliferation (self-renewal) and ability to give rise to different cell types (potency) – stem cells have fascinated scientists since the late nineteenth century. In addition to embryonic and adult stem cells, mature cells can be reprogrammed to act as stem cells, the so-called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), a finding that received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2012. With the discovery of iPS cells, research into utilization of stem cells for understanding developmental processes, disease mechanisms, and for drug discovery and cell-based therapies such as regenerative medicine has gained momentum. However, before stem cells can be used efficiently, there are still a number of obstacles, such as regulation of stem cell behavior and long-term maintenance of “stemness”, which must be overcome. A significant contribution to this end comes from materials science, whereby biomaterial scaffolds, cell culture and encapsulation technologies as well as engineering stem cells and matrices provide the means to regulate stem cell responses. Progress in these fields also advances stem cell-based therapies such as regeneration of cardiac, neural, and orthopedic tissues.

In Advanced Healthcare Materials, we cover different aspects of stem cell research and therapies with a focus on biomaterials. We have assembled this virtual issue to highlight some of the excellent research being published in this field. All articles are currently freely available for everybody to access, download, and read until the end of 2017.


Review articles:

Nanomaterials for Engineering Stem Cell Responses

Punyavee Kerativitayanan, James K. Carrow, and Akhilesh K. Gaharwar

Engineering Nanoscale Stem Cell Niche: Direct Stem Cell Behavior at Cell–Matrix Interface

Yan Zhang, Andrew Gordon, Weiyi Qian, and Weiqiang Chen

Natural and Synthetic Materials for Self-Renewal, Long-Term Maintenance, and Differentiation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Nina A. Dzhoyashvili, Sanbing Shen, and Yury A. Rochev

Bridging the Gap: From 2D Cell Culture to 3D Microengineered Extracellular Matrices

Yanfen Li and Kristopher A. Kilian

Engineering Stem Cells for Biomedical Applications

Perry T. Yin, Edward Han, and Ki-Bum Lee

Nano-Enabled Approaches for Stem Cell-Based Cardiac Tissue Engineering

Mahshid Kharaziha, Adnan Memic, Mohsen Akbari, David A. Brafman, and Mehdi Nikkhah


Original research articles:

Microuidic Generation of Monodisperse, Structurally Homogeneous Alginate Microgels for Cell Encapsulation and 3D Cell Culture

Stefanie Utech, Radivoje Prodanovic, Angelo S. Mao, Raluca Ostafe, David J. Mooney, and David A. Weitz

Combinatorial Gene Therapy Accelerates Bone Regeneration: Non-Viral Dual Delivery of VEGF and BMP2 in a Collagen-Nanohydroxyapatite Scaffold

Caroline M. Curtin, Erica G. Tierney, Kevin McSorley, Sally-Ann Cryan, Garry P. Duffy, and Fergal J. O’Brien

Functional 3D Neural Mini-Tissues from Printed Gel-Based Bioink and Human Neural Stem Cells

Qi Gu, Eva Tomaskovic-Crook, Rodrigo Lozano, Yu Chen, Robert M. Kapsa, Qi Zhou, Gordon G. Wallace, and Jeremy M. Crook

Directed Neural Stem Cell Differentiation with a Functionalized Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite

Cassandra L. Weaver and Xinyan Tracy Cui


For other virtual issues of Advanced Healthcare Materials, please click on the pictures below:

Diagnostic Devices for Healthcare     Nanotherapeutics

Regenerative Medicine     Biofabrication for Tissue Engineering

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