Polymer carriers for drug delivery in tissue engineering

Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2007 May 30;59(4-5):187-206. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2007.04.001. Epub 2007 Apr 27.


Growing demand for tissues and organs for transplantation and the inability to meet this need using by autogeneic (from the host) or allogeneic (from the same species) sources has led to the rapid development of tissue engineering as an alternative. Tissue engineering aims to replace or facilitate the regrowth of damaged or diseased tissue by applying a combination of biomaterials, cells and bioactive molecules. This review focuses on synthetic polymers that have been used for tissue growth scaffold fabrication and their applications in both cell and extracellular matrix support and controlling the release of cell growth and differentiation supporting drugs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Drug Carriers / chemistry*
  • Drug Carriers / classification
  • Drug Delivery Systems / methods*
  • Humans
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / administration & dosage*
  • Polymers / chemistry*
  • Polymers / classification
  • Tissue Engineering / methods*
  • Tissue Engineering / trends


  • Drug Carriers
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Polymers