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The rationale and emergence of electroconductive biomaterial scaffolds in cardiac tissue engineering

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posted on 2022-01-17, 12:18 authored by Matteo Solazzo, Fergal O'BrienFergal O'Brien, Valeria Nicolosi, Michael G Monaghan
The human heart possesses minimal regenerative potential, which can often lead to chronic heart failure following myocardial infarction. Despite the successes of assistive support devices and pharmacological therapies, only a whole heart transplantation can sufficiently address heart failure. Engineered scaffolds, implantable patches, and injectable hydrogels are among the most promising solutions to restore cardiac function and coax regeneration; however, current biomaterials have yet to achieve ideal tissue regeneration and adequate integration due a mismatch of material physicochemical properties. Conductive fillers such as graphene, carbon nanotubes, metallic nanoparticles, and MXenes and conjugated polymers such as polyaniline, polypyrrole, and poly(3,4-ethylendioxythiophene) can possibly achieve optimal electrical conductivities for cardiac applications with appropriate suitability for tissue engineering approaches. Many studies have focused on the use of these materials in multiple fields, with promising effects on the regeneration of electrically active biological tissues such as orthopedic, neural, and cardiac tissue. In this review, we critically discuss the role of heart electrophysiology and the rationale toward the use of electroconductive biomaterials for cardiac tissue engineering. We present the emerging applications of these smart materials to create supportive platforms and discuss the crucial role that electrical stimulation has been shown to exert in maturation of cardiac progenitor cells.


SFI-HRB Wellcome Trust-ISSF Award Institutional Strategic Support Fund (Ref No. 204814/Z/16/Z)

Irish Research Council (Project No. GOIPG/2019/818)



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Published Citation

Solazzo M, O'Brien FJ, Nicolosi V, Monaghan MG. The rationale and emergence of electroconductive biomaterial scaffolds in cardiac tissue engineering. APL Bioeng. 2019;3(4):041501

Publication Date

15 October 2019

PubMed ID



  • Amber (Advanced Material & Bioengineering Research) Centre
  • Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine
  • Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG)

Research Area

  • Immunity, Infection and Inflammation
  • Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine
  • Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences


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