A Review on Inner Ear Tissue Engineering
Ear defects and hearing loss are still one of the challenging problems in medicine. Tissue engineering approaches are considered as promising and efficient tools for such problems. Tissue engineering is considered a newly appearing biomedical technology, which could repair and regenerate inadequate or injured tissues. It utilizes the principles from the areas of cell biology and transplantation, materials science and engineering to treat or replace injured tissues. Different types of cell sources, growth factors or signals, materials or scaffolds and different methods have been studied to repair or replace different parts of ear and restore its function and hearing. In this review we present recent such elements studied or proposed for inner ear reconstruction.
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