Perspectives on 3d bioprinting of peripheral nerve conduits

Soja Saghar Soman, Sanjairaj Vijayavenkataraman

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The peripheral nervous system controls the functions of sensation, movement and motor coordination of the body. Peripheral nerves can get damaged easily by trauma or neurodegenerative diseases. The injury can cause a devastating effect on the affected individual and his aides. Treatment modalities include anti-inflammatory medications, physiotherapy, surgery, nerve grafting and rehabilitation. 3D bioprinted peripheral nerve conduits serve as nerve grafts to fill the gaps of severed nerve bodies. The application of induced pluripotent stem cells, its derivatives and bioprinting are important techniques that come in handy while making living peripheral nerve conduits. The design of nerve conduits and bioprinting require comprehensive information on neural architecture, type of injury, neural supporting cells, scaffold materials to use, neural growth factors to add and to streamline the mechanical properties of the conduit. This paper gives a perspective on the factors to consider while bioprinting the peripheral nerve conduits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5792
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 2 2020


  • Bioprinting
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)
  • Nerve conduits
  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Scaffolds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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