Engineering artificial niches for regenerative medicine

Jessica D. Weaver, Andrés J. García

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An emerging area of regenerative medicine is the engineering of artificial extracellular matrices that recapitulate biochemical and biophysical characteristics of native tissue environments to create an instructive microenvironment through a variety of biomaterials-based approaches. Key components of an artificial niche comprise a combination of biophysical, biochemical, and intercellular signaling. This microenvironment can be used for in vitro studies or to recapitulate an in vivo setting, to study cellular processes in a controlled manner or replace tissue. This article outlines details on fundamental and state of the art strategies in engineering artificial niches for regenerative medicine applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780128136997
ISBN (Print)9780128137000
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Artificial niche
  • Biochemical cues
  • Biomaterials
  • Biophysical cues
  • Cellular interactions
  • Matrices
  • Microenvironment
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Tissue engineering
  • Topographical features

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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