The role of electrospinning in the emerging field of nanomedicine.


Journal Article (Review)

The fact that in vivo the extracellular matrix (ECM) or substratum with which cells interact often includes topography at the nanoscale underscores the importance of investigating cell-substrate interactions and performing cell culture at the submicron scale. An important and exciting direction of research in nanomedicine would be to gain an understanding and exploit the cellular response to nanostructures. Electrospinning is a simple and versatile technique that can produce a macroporous scaffold comprising randomly oriented or aligned nanofibers. It can also accommodate the incorporation of drug delivery function into the fibrous scaffold. Endowed with both topographical and biochemical signals such electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds may provide an optimal microenvironment for the seeded cells. This review covers the analysis and control of the electrospinning process, and describes the types of electrospun fibers fabricated for biomedical applications such as drug delivery and tissue engineering.

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Cited Authors

  • Chew, SY; Wen, Y; Dzenis, Y; Leong, KW

Published Date

  • January 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 36

Start / End Page

  • 4751 - 4770

PubMed ID

  • 17168776

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17168776

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-4286

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1381-6128

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2174/138161206779026326


  • eng