Synergistic coupling between 3D bioprinting and vascularization strategies

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Yeo M., Sarkar A., Singh Y. P., Derman I. D., Datta P., Ozbolat I. T.

Biofabrication, vol.1, no.12003, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 12003
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/1758-5090/ad0b3f
  • Journal Name: Biofabrication
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, Compendex, EMBASE, INSPEC, MEDLINE
  • Keywords: Bioprinting, intraoperative bioprinting, tissue and organ substitutes, vascularization, vascularized tissues
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: No


Three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting offers promising solutions to the complex challenge of vascularization in biofabrication, thereby enhancing the prospects for clinical translation of engineered tissues and organs. While existing reviews have touched upon 3D bioprinting in vascularized tissue contexts, the current review offers a more holistic perspective, encompassing recent technical advancements and spanning the entire multistage bioprinting process, with a particular emphasis on vascularization. The synergy between 3D bioprinting and vascularization strategies is crucial, as 3D bioprinting can enable the creation of personalized, tissue-specific vascular network while the vascularization enhances tissue viability and function. The review starts by providing a comprehensive overview of the entire bioprinting process, spanning from pre-bioprinting stages to post-printing processing, including perfusion and maturation. Next, recent advancements in vascularization strategies that can be seamlessly integrated with bioprinting are discussed. Further, tissue-specific examples illustrating how these vascularization approaches are customized for diverse anatomical tissues towards enhancing clinical relevance are discussed. Finally, the underexplored intraoperative bioprinting (IOB) was highlighted, which enables the direct reconstruction of tissues within defect sites, stressing on the possible synergy shaped by combining IOB with vascularization strategies for improved regeneration.