Engineering Functional Cartilage Grafts

  • Andrea R. Tan
  • Clark T. HungEmail author
Part of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine book series (STEMCELL)


Articular cartilage is the specialized connective tissue that covers diarthrodial joints (e.g., hip, knee, and shoulder) and serves a load-bearing and lubrication function. As the tissue is avascular, it exhibits a poor healing capacity when injured. Joint arthroplasty, comprised of metal and plastic prostheses, has a limited lifespan after implantation and are ideally reserved for cases of significant traumatic injury and pervasive arthritis. As such, there have been significant efforts to develop cell-based strategies for cartilage repair. Accordingly, there is great anticipation regarding the role that stem cells can serve as a cell source for generating functional articular cartilage grafts. There is a need for both the use of animal cells and models as well as parallel development using human cells to successfully translate these strategies to the clinic.


Articular Cartilage Cartilage Repair Cartilage Tissue Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation Cartilage Tissue Engineering 
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Bone marrow-derived stem cell


Computer-aided design


Calcified cartilage zone


Deep zone


Extracellular matrix


Fibroblast growth factor




Human embryonic stem cell


Insulin-like growth factor


Magnetic resonance imaging


Middle zone






Superficial zone


Transforming growth factor



The authors gratefully acknowledge research support of the work described in this chapter (NIH grants AR46568, AR52871, and AR060361).


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  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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