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Keywords:

  • nerve regeneration;
  • neural tissue regenerative medicine;
  • schwann cells;
  • tissue engineering

Abstract

Bridging peripheral nerve gaps without the use of autografts has significant clinical importance. But in order to rationally design novel scaffolds, a good understanding of the nerve regeneration process is vital. Appropriate amount of structural and chemical cues are required to stimulate the endogenous mechanisms of repair and functional recovery. Synthetic and natural materials present various opportunities to induce the growth of supporting cells as well as promote axon regeneration. An overview of tissue engineering strategies currently being explored that stimulate the different steps of the regenerative sequence is presented.