Cell Source for Tissue and Organ Printing

  • Tao Xu
  • Yuyu Yuan
  • James J. Yoo
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


Organ printing, a novel approach in tissue engineering, applies computer-driven deposition of cells, growth factors, biomaterials layer-by-layer to create complex 3D tissue or organ constructs. This emerging technology shows great promise in regenerative medicine, because it may help to address current crisis of tissue and organ shortage for transplantation. Organ printing is developing fast, and there are exciting new possibilities in this area. Successful cell and organ printing requires many key elements. Among these, the choice of appropriate cells for printing is vital. This chapter surveys available cell sources for cell and organ printing application and discusses factors that affect cell choice. Special emphasis is put on several important factors, including the proposed printing system and bioprinters, the assembling method, and the target tissues or organs, which need to be considered to select proper cell sources and cell types. In this chapter, characterizations of the selected cells to justify and/or refine the cell selection will also be discussed. Finally, future prospects in this field will be envisioned.


Cell Source Printing Process Laser Printing Bladder Smooth Muscle Printing System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringCollege of Engineering, University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA
  2. 2.Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  3. 3.Department of BioengineeringClemson UniversityClemsonUSA

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