Fish Skin: From Clothing to Tissue Engineering

  • Hermann Ehrlich
Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 4)


The epidermis and the dermis are two basic layers of fish skin. The specific material properties of fish skin have been known since ancient times. Some human cultures developed unique techniques to prepare fish leather from fish skin and used this leather for clothing, shoes and homes. Another fish skin-based biomaterial with incredible sturdiness is known as shagreen. Additionally, some modern approaches regarding the practical applications of fish scales in tissue engineering as well as novel cultivation techniques of fish skin cell lines are described in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Ehrlich
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  1. 1.Institute of Experimental PhysicsTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

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