Advances in myogenic cell transplantation and skeletal muscle tissue engineering

Front Biosci (Landmark Ed). 2009 Jan 1;14:3012-23. doi: 10.2741/3431.


Curative treatments are currently not available for people suffering from one of the many prevalent muscle myopathies. One approach to ameliorate these conditions relies on the cell-based transplantation of potential myogenic precursors, or more optimistically, the transfer of engineered skeletal muscle tissue. To date, clinical trials with myogenic stem cell transplantation have met with only modest success while the transplantation of engineered muscle tissue is at the earliest stages of development. Despite the slow progress, these studies have provided insights and avenues that will eventually lead to a powerful therapeutic tool.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Transplantation*
  • Mice
  • Muscle, Skeletal / cytology*
  • Muscular Diseases / therapy
  • Tissue Engineering*