Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among U.S. adults, and yet surprisingly, current therapies fail to effectively treat cartilage damage . Instead, treatment primarily involves reducing symptoms, or in the case of osteoarthritis, a costly joint replacement. Thus, tissue engineering is aspiring to regenerate cartilage by providing a biocompatible and biodegradable construct that provides the structural integrity of the native cartilage and facilitates cartilage cell growth and tissue integration. Promising materials for these constructs are hydrogels, which are commonly comprised of materials such as collagen, agarose, poly(ethylene glycol), and hyaluronic acid (HA) .
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Novel Hyaluronic Acid Nanocomposite Hydrogel for Cartilage Tissue Engineering: Utilizing Yield Stress for Ease of Implantation
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Beck, E, Berkland, C, Gehrke, S, & Detamore, M. "Novel Hyaluronic Acid Nanocomposite Hydrogel for Cartilage Tissue Engineering: Utilizing Yield Stress for Ease of Implantation." Proceedings of the ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference. Volume 1B: Extremity; Fluid Mechanics; Gait; Growth, Remodeling, and Repair; Heart Valves; Injury Biomechanics; Mechanotransduction and Sub-Cellular Biophysics; MultiScale Biotransport; Muscle, Tendon and Ligament; Musculoskeletal Devices; Multiscale Mechanics; Thermal Medicine; Ocular Biomechanics; Pediatric Hemodynamics; Pericellular Phenomena; Tissue Mechanics; Biotransport Design and Devices; Spine; Stent Device Hemodynamics; Vascular Solid Mechanics; Student Paper and Design Competitions. Sunriver, Oregon, USA. June 26–29, 2013. V01BT48A003. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2013-14350
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