Extracellular matrix bioscaffolds in tissue remodeling and morphogenesis

Ilea T. Swinehart, Stephen F. Badylak*

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During normal morphogenesis the extracellular matrix (ECM) influences cell motility, proliferation, apoptosis, and differentiation. Tissue engineers have attempted to harness the cell signaling potential of ECM to promote the functional reconstruction, if not regeneration, of injured or missing adult tissues that otherwise heal by the formation of scar tissue. ECM bioscaffolds, derived from decellularized tissues, have been used to promote the formation of site appropriate, functional tissues in many clinical applications including skeletal muscle, fibrocartilage, lower urinary tract, and esophageal reconstruction, among others. These scaffolds function by the release or exposure of growth factors and cryptic peptides, modulation of the immune response, and recruitment of progenitor cells. Herein, we describe this process of ECM induced constructive remodeling and examine similarities to normal tissue morphogenesis. Developmental Dynamics 245:351-360, 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-360
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopmental Dynamics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioscaffold
  • Extracellular matrix
  • Tissue remodeling


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