Stem Cell-Based Tissue Repair
Chapter 14: Regeneration of the Vascular System
Published:03 Dec 2010
M. Schleicher, A. J. Huber, H. P. Wendel, and U. A. Stock, in Stem Cell-Based Tissue Repair, ed. R. Gorodetsky and R. Schäfer, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2010, ch. 14, pp. 296-307.
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Tissue engineering of blood vessels is an evolving research field. Driven by the shortcomings of the currently available blood vessel substitutes such as need for anticoagulation, susceptibility to infections, inability to grow and autorepair a multidisciplinary approach to design and grow viable blood vessels, identical to the native arteries or veins has started.
The following chapters will give an update of the recent developments, potential future applications and current limitations of tissue engineered blood vessels.