Tofu works as tissue-engineering scaffold

Article written by Jennifer Newton

Garlic, ginger and chilli swapped for fibroblast cells

A potential tissue-engineering scaffold cooked up by scientists in China has tofu as its central ingredient. The bean curd’s nutrient content and porous structure means it can support growing cells, then be implanted without causing toxicity issues.

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
Tofu scaffold preparation

Extracellular matrix mimics for growing cells for transplantation need to be nontoxic, biocompatible and biodegradable in the body. Reasoning that foods should tick those boxes, Zhipeng Gu and Jun Wu from Sun Yat-sen University, and their colleagues, decided to test tofu as a tissue scaffold.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Evaluation of tofu as a potential tissue engineering scaffold
Jun Huang, Keqin Huang, Xinru You, Guiting Liu, Geoffrey Hollett, Yang Kang, Zhipeng Gu and Jun Wu
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018,6, 1328-1334

 

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