Mechanical engineering of hair follicle regeneration by in situ bioprinting

Biomater Adv. 2022 Nov:142:213127. doi: 10.1016/j.bioadv.2022.213127. Epub 2022 Sep 26.


Hair loss caused by various factors such as trauma, stress, and diseases hurts patient psychology and seriously affects patients' quality of life, but there is no effective method to control it. In situ bioprinting is a method for printing bioinks directly into defective sites according to the shape and characteristics of the defective tissue or organ to promote tissue or organ repair. In this study, we applied a 3D bioprinting machine in situ bioprinting of epidermal stem cells (Epi-SCs), skin-derived precursors (SKPs), and Matrigel into the wounds of nude mice to promote hair follicle regeneration based on their native microenvironment. The results showed successful regeneration of hair follicles and other skin appendages at 4 weeks after in situ bioprinting. Moreover, we confirmed that bioprinting only slightly decreased stem cell viability and maintained the stemness of the stem cells. These findings demonstrated a mechanical engineering method for hair follicle regeneration by in situ bioprinting which has potential in the clinic.

Keywords: Bioink; Epiderm stem cells; Hair follicle neogenesis; In situ bioprinting; Skin-derived precursors.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bioprinting* / methods
  • Hair Follicle
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • Quality of Life
  • Regeneration