The goal of this chapter is to review prior work on the development of injectable hydrogel tissue engineering systems with a focus on those systems used in conjunction with cells to facilitate the repair or creation of cartilage. A detailed review of the physical properties of hydrogels is not the aim of the chapter; however, important considerations will be briefly discussed. More expansive reviews on the chemistry and physical characteristics of hydrogels already exist in the literature (for review see Refs. 1,2). The authors will also describe their current research in the area of injectable tissue engineering systems utilizing photosensitive polymer solutions to create three-dimensional, cell-laden hydrogel constructs.
|Title of host publication
|Scaffolding in Tissue Engineering
|Number of pages
|Published - Jan 1 2005
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Materials Science(all)