Cell Culture in Autologous Fibrin Scaffolds for Applications in Tissue Engineering

Exp Cell Res. 2014 Mar 10;322(1):1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2013.12.017. Epub 2013 Dec 28.


In tissue engineering techniques, three-dimensional scaffolds are needed to adjust and guide cell growth and to allow tissue regeneration. The scaffold must be biocompatible, biodegradable and must benefit the interactions between cells and biomaterial. Some natural biomaterials such as fibrin provide a structure similar to the native extracellular matrix containing the cells. Fibrin was first used as a sealant based on pools of commercial fibrinogen. However, the high risk of viral transmission of these pools led to the development of techniques of viral inactivation and elimination and the use of autologous fibrins. In recent decades, fibrin has been used as a release system and three-dimensional scaffold for cell culture. Fibrin scaffolds have been widely used for the culture of different types of cells, and have found several applications in tissue engineering. The structure and development of scaffolds is a key point for cell culture because scaffolds of autologous fibrin offer an important alternative due to their low fibrinogen concentrations, which are more suitable for cell growth. With this review our aim is to follow methods of development, analyze the commercial and autologous fibrins available and assess the possible applications of cell culture in tissue engineering in these three-dimensional structures.

Keywords: Autologous; Cell culture; Fibrin scaffolds; Fibrinogen; Tissue engineering.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Autografts
  • Biocompatible Materials / chemistry
  • Biocompatible Materials / therapeutic use
  • Cell Culture Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Cell Culture Techniques / methods
  • Fibrin / chemistry*
  • Fibrin Tissue Adhesive / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Tissue Engineering / instrumentation*
  • Tissue Engineering / methods
  • Tissue Scaffolds / chemistry*


  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Fibrin Tissue Adhesive
  • Fibrin