Revisiting the Matricellular Concept|
The authors reappraise the matricellular concept after nearly two decades of continuous investigation. The expanded matricellular family as well as the diverse and often unexpected functions, cellular location, and interacting partners/receptors of matricellular proteins are considered. [Matrix Biol] Full Article
Biomaterials in Myocardial Tissue Engineering
The authors focus on biomaterial approaches to augmenting injured or impaired myocardium, with specific emphasis on: the design criteria for these biomaterials; the types of scaffolds – composed of natural or synthetic biomaterials or decellularized extracellular matrix – that have been used to develop cardiac patches and tissue models; methods to vascularize scaffolds and engineered tissue; and finally, injectable biomaterials (hydrogels) designed for endogenous repair, exogenous repair or as bulking agents to maintain ventricular geometry post-infarct. [J Tissue Eng Regen Med]
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