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Title: Extracellular matrix-inspired growth factor delivery systems for bone regeneration

Growth factors are very promising molecules to enhance bone regeneration. However, their translation to clinical use has been seriously limited, facing issues related to safety and cost-effectiveness. These problems derive from the vastly supra-physiological doses of growth factor used without optimized delivery systems. Therefore, these issues have motivated the development of new delivery systems allowing better control of the spatio-temporal release and signaling of growth factors. Because the extracellular matrix (ECM) naturally plays a fundamental role in coordinating growth factor activity in vivo, a number of novel delivery systems have been inspired by the growth factor regulatory function of the ECM. After introducing the role of growth factors during the bone regeneration process, this review exposes different issues that growth factor-based therapies have encountered in the clinic and highlights recent delivery approaches based on the natural interaction between growth factor and the ECM.
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  1. Osaka Univ. (Japan). Immunology Frontier Research Center
  2. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland). Inst. of Bioengineering
  3. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland). Inst. of Bioengineering; Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States). Inst. for Molecular Engineering; Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews; Journal Volume: 94; Journal Issue: C
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
European Research Council; USDOE Office of Science - Office of Basic Energy Sciences - Materials Sciences and Engineering Division
Country of Publication:
United States