Silk fibroin as biomaterial for bone tissue engineering

J. Melke, S. Midha, S. Ghosh, K. Ito, S. Hofmann

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Silk fibroin (SF) is a fibrous protein which is produced mainly by silkworms and spiders. Its unique mechanical properties, tunable biodegradation rate and the ability to support the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells along the osteogenic lineage, have made SF a favorable scaffold material for bone tissue engineering. SF can be processed into various scaffold forms, combined synergistically with other biomaterials to form composites and chemically modified, which provides an impressive toolbox and allows SF scaffolds to be tailored to specific applications. This review discusses and summarizes recent advancements in processing SF, focusing on different fabrication and functionalization methods and their application to grow bone tissue in vitro and in vivo. Potential areas for future research, current challenges, uncertainties and gaps in knowledge are highlighted.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)1-16
Aantal pagina's16
TijdschriftActa Biomaterialia
StatusGepubliceerd - feb 2016

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