Nanotechnological approach and bio-inspired materials to face degenerative diseases in aging

Anna Tampieri, Monica Sandri, Michele Iafisco, Silvia Panseri, Monica Montesi, Alessio Adamiano, Massimiliano Dapporto, Elisabetta Campodoni, Samuele M. Dozio, Lorenzo Degli Esposti, Simone Sprio

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The aging of the world population is increasingly claimed as an alarming situation, since an ever-raising number of persons in advanced age but still physically active is expected to suffer from invalidating and degenerative diseases. The impairment of the endogenous healing potential provoked by the aging requires the development of more effective and personalized therapies, based on new biomaterials and devices able to direct the cell fate to stimulate and sustain the regrowth of damaged or diseased tissues. To obtain satisfactory results, also in cases where the cell senescence, typical of the elderly, makes the regeneration process harder and longer, the new solutions have to possess excellent ability to mimic the physiological extracellular environment and thus exert biomimetic stimuli on stem cells. To this purpose, the “biomimetic concept” is today recognized as elective to fabricate bioactive and bioresorbable devices such as hybrid osteochondral scaffolds and bioactive bone cements closely resembling the natural hard tissues and with enhanced regenerative ability. The review will illustrate some recent results related to these new biomimetic materials developed for application in different districts of the musculoskeletal system, namely bony, osteochondral and periodontal regions, and the spine. Further, it will be shown how new bioactive and superparamagnetic calcium phosphate nanoparticles can give enhanced results in cardiac regeneration and cancer therapy. Since tissue regeneration will be a major demand in the incoming decades, the high potential of biomimetic materials and devices is promising to significantly increase the healing rate and improve the clinical outcomes even in aged patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-821
Number of pages17
JournalAging Clinical and Experimental Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Biomimetic materials
  • Bioresorbable nanoparticles
  • Cell therapy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Regenerative medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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