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The Current Use of Stem Cells in Bladder Tissue Regeneration and Bioengineering.

  • Author(s): Chan, Yvonne Y
  • Sandlin, Samantha K
  • Kurzrock, Eric A
  • Osborn, Stephanie L
  • et al.
Abstract

Many pathological processes including neurogenic bladder and malignancy necessitate bladder reconstruction, which is currently performed using intestinal tissue. The use of intestinal tissue, however, subjects patients to metabolic abnormalities, bladder stones, and other long-term sequelae, raising the need for a source of safe and reliable bladder tissue. Advancements in stem cell biology have catapulted stem cells to the center of many current tissue regeneration and bioengineering strategies. This review presents the recent advancements in the use of stem cells in bladder tissue bioengineering.

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