Channels in a porous scaffold: a new player for vascularization

Written by Regenerative Medicine

In this Special Report from Regenerative Medicine, the authors review the function of channels in porous scaffolds and the approaches to produce those channels. Keywords: 3D printing – microchannels – regenerative medicine – scaffold – tissue engineering – vascularization Vascularization is essential for tissue regeneration. Despite extensive efforts in the past decades, sufficient and rapid vascularization remains a major challenge in tissue engineering. Many studies have shown that the addition of channels in a porous scaffold can provide the ability to promote cell growth and rapid vascularization, thus leading to better outcomes in new tissue formation. Large size scaffolds lack...

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