Fabrizio Gelain and co-workers have developed a biocompatible scaffold which is capable of encouraging the regeneration of neural precursor cells derived from neural stem cell in mice. The regeneration of nerve tissue after spinal injury is important but difficult to achieve. The groups reports a promising strategy for neural cell regeneration and they suggest that the approach may have wider applications in other areas of tissue engineering.
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New bioactive motifs and their use in functionalized self-assembling peptides for NSC differentiation and neural tissue engineering
F. Gelain , D. Cigognini , A. Caprini , D. Silva , B. Colleoni , M. Donegá , S. Antonini , B. E. Cohen and A. Vescovi