International Journal of Polymer Science

Polymeric Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering


Publishing date
31 Oct 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
13 Jun 2014

Lead Editor

1School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China

2Department of Biomedical Materials and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

3School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast BT9 5AH, UK


Polymeric Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering

Description

Scaffolds lie at the heart of all the new tissue engineering approaches because they not only provide mechanical support for embedded cells but also regulate various cellular behaviors by recruiting specific biomolecules or growth factors. Polymeric scaffolds are one of the most widely used scaffold types because of their satisfactory formability, mechanical properties, biocompatibility, and controllable biodegradability.

To date, polymeric scaffolds have been largely applied to repair hard and soft tissues. However, there are still many challenges that need to be addressed, such as the development of satisfactory processing techniques so as to achieve homogeneous structure and composition throughout the scaffolds and to obtain well-defined internal structures with interconnected porosity to host most cell types. Moreover, additional studies are desired to figure out how to create desirable polymeric scaffolds that serve various functions, including immobilization of transplanted cells, formation of a protective space to prevent unwanted tissue growth into the wound bed while allowing healing with differentiated tissue, and directing migration or growth of cells via scaffold surface properties or via release of soluble bioactive molecules such as growth factors, hormones, and/or cytokines.

We invite investigators to submit original research and review articles that will motivate further investigations into the polymeric scaffolds for tissue engineering. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Selection or fabrication of novel polymers to prepare polymeric scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Design and fabrication of novel polymeric scaffolds for hard tissue repair
  • Design and fabrication of novel polymeric scaffolds for soft tissue repair
  • Efforts to obtain well-defined homogeneous internal structures with interconnected porosity throughout the polymeric scaffolds
  • Biocompatibility of the polymeric scaffolds and interactions of polymeric scaffolds with natural tissues
  • Novel polymeric scaffolds functionalized with different bioactivities
  • In vitro or in vivo investigations into the biodegradation of the polymeric scaffolds under external stimulation, such as force and electricity
  • Instrumentation and technology to analyze the interactions between polymers and cells and other materials or molecules in the polymeric scaffolds

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijps/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ijps/pste/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 917070
  • - Editorial

Polymeric Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering

Xiaoming Li | Tsukasa Akasaka | Nicholas Dunne
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 689390
  • - Review Article

Using Polymeric Scaffolds for Vascular Tissue Engineering

Alida Abruzzo | Calogero Fiorica | ... | Attilio Ignazio Lo Monte
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 579252
  • - Research Article

The Development of Biomimetic Spherical Hydroxyapatite/Polyamide 66 Biocomposites as Bone Repair Materials

Xuesong Zhang | Ming Lu | ... | Xuelian Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 439784
  • - Research Article

Surface-Coated Polylactide Fiber Meshes as Tissue Engineering Matrices with Enhanced Cell Integration Properties

Matthias Schnabelrauch | Ralf Wyrwa | ... | J. Barbara Nebe
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 696045
  • - Research Article

Safety and Efficiency of Biomimetic Nanohydroxyapatite/Polyamide 66 Composite in Rabbits and Primary Use in Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Hui Xu | Yan Wang | ... | Xuesong Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 805634
  • - Review Article

Polymer Composites Reinforced by Nanotubes as Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering

Wei Wang | Susan Liao | ... | Yuhe Zhu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 829145
  • - Review Article

3D-Printed Biopolymers for Tissue Engineering Application

Xiaoming Li | Rongrong Cui | ... | Fumio Watari
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 654597
  • - Research Article

The Application of Polysaccharide Biocomposites to Repair Cartilage Defects

Feng Zhao | Wei He | ... | Hongyang Gao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 238247
  • - Research Article

The Experimental Study on Promoting the Ilizarov Distraction Osteogenesis by the Injection of Liquid Alg/nHAC Biocomposites

Xinhui Liu | Di Yu | ... | Guoping Guan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 236259
  • - Research Article

Enhancement of VEGF on Axial Vascularization of Nano-HA/Collagen/PLA Composites: A Histomorphometric Study on Rabbits

Xiao Chang | Hai Wang | ... | Baozhong Zhang
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