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A novel extrusion-based 3D bioprinting system for skeletal muscle tissue engineering


Three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting is an emerging technology, which turned out to be an optimal tool for tissue engineering approaches. To date, different printing systems have been developed. Among them, the extrusion-based approach demonstrated to be the most suitable for skeletal muscle tissue engineering, due to its ability to produce and deposit printing fibers in a parallel pattern that well mimic the native skeletal muscle tissue architecture. In tissue bioengineering, a key role is played by biomaterials, which must possess the key requisite of ‘printability’. Nevertheless, this feature is not often well correlated with cell requirements, such as motives for cellular adhesion and/or absorbability. To overcome this hurdle, several efforts have been made to obtain an effective bioink by combining two different biomaterials in order to reach a good printability besides a suitable biological activity. However, despite being efficient, this strategy reveals several outcomes limitations. We report here the development and characterization of a novel extrusion-based 3D bioprinting system, and its application for correction of volumetric muscle loss (VML) injury in a mouse model. The developed bioprinting system is based on the use of PEG-Fibrinogen, a unique biomaterial with excellent biocompatibility, well-suited for skeletal muscle tissue engineering. With this approach, we obtained highly organized 3D constructs, in which murine muscle progenitors were able to differentiate into muscle fibers arranged in aligned bundles and capable of spontaneously contracting when cultured in vitro . Furthermore, to evaluate the potential of the developed system in future regenerative medicine applications, bioprinted constructs laden with either murine or human muscle progenitors were transplanted to regenerate the Tibialis Anterior muscle of a VML murine model, one month after grafting.


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hal-03974646 , version 1 (16-03-2023)





E Fornetti, F de Paolis, C Fuoco, S Bernardini, S Giannitelli, et al.. A novel extrusion-based 3D bioprinting system for skeletal muscle tissue engineering. Biofabrication, 2023, 15 (2), pp.025009. ⟨10.1088/1758-5090/acb573⟩. ⟨hal-03974646⟩


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