Nanotechnology in stem cells research: advances and applications
2012 (English)In: Frontiers in Bioscience, ISSN 1093-9946, Vol. 17, 1747-1760 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Human beings suffer from a myriad of disorders caused by biochemical or biophysical alteration of physiological systems leading to organ failure. For a number of these conditions, stem cells and their enormous reparative potential may be the last hope for restoring function to these failing organ or tissue systems. To harness the potential of stem cells for biotherapeutic applications, we need to work at the size scale of molecules and processes that govern stem cells fate. Nanotechnology provides us with such capacity. Therefore, effective amalgamation of nanotechnology and stem cells - medical nanoscience or nanomedicine - offers immense benefits to the human race. The aim of this paper is to discuss the role and importance of nanotechnology in stem cell research by focusing on several important areas such as stem cell visualization and imaging, genetic modifications and reprogramming by gene delivery systems, creating stem cell niche, and similar therapeutic applications.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers in Bioscience , 2012. Vol. 17, 1747-1760 p.
Nanotechnology, Stem cells, Carbon nanotubes, Nanoparticles, Electron microscopy, Nanodiagnostics, Viral vectors, Review
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75730DOI: 10.2741/4016ISI: 000300054400011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-75730DiVA: diva2:508702