Approaches to in vitro tissue regeneration with application for human disease modeling and drug development

Drug Discov Today. 2014 Jun;19(6):754-62. doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2014.04.017. Epub 2014 May 2.


Reliable in vitro human disease models that capture the complexity of in vivo tissue behaviors are crucial to gain mechanistic insights into human disease and enable the development of treatments that are effective across broad patient populations. The integration of stem cell technologies, tissue engineering, emerging biomaterials strategies and microfabrication processes, as well as computational and systems biology approaches, is enabling new tools to generate reliable in vitro systems to study the molecular basis of human disease and facilitate drug development. In this review, we discuss these recently developed tools and emphasize opportunities and challenges involved in combining these technologies toward regenerative science.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Disease Models, Animal*
  • Drug Discovery / methods*
  • Drug Discovery / trends
  • Guided Tissue Regeneration / methods*
  • Guided Tissue Regeneration / trends
  • Humans
  • Regeneration / physiology
  • Tissue Engineering / methods*
  • Tissue Engineering / trends