Construction of Tissue-Engineered Nerve Conduits Seeded with Neurons Derived from Hair-Follicle Neural Crest Stem Cells

  • Fang LiuEmail author
  • Haiyan Lin
  • Chuansen ZhangEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1453)


Tissue-engineered nerve conduits are widely used for the study of peripheral nerve injury repair. With regard to repairing long nerve defects, stem-cell-derived neurons are recommended as seed cells. As hair-follicle neural crest stem cells (hfNCSCs) are easily to be harvested from patients and have the potential to differentiate into neuronal cells, hfNCSCs-derived neurons are an ideal candidate choice. Acellular nerve grafts, a type of biological material scaffold, with intact collagen structure, with biocompatibility and less toxicity are obtained through removing live cells with 1 % lysolecithin, are also an ideal choice. In the present report, we describe a tissue-engineered nerve conduit seeded with rat hfNCSCs-derived neurons into the beagle acellular sciatic nerve scaffold. Our goal is to provide a novel engineered therapeutic for repairing peripheral nerve injury with long distance defects.

Key words

Hair follicle Neural crest stem cells Neuron Acellular nerve scaffold Tissue-engineered nerve conduit Nerve injury repair 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 81571211) and the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai, China (no. 14ZR1449300).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnatomyInstitute of Biomedical Engineering, Second Military Medical UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.AntiCancer, Inc.San DiegoUSA

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