A number of recent papers that have used hydrogels to alter the ECM of mesenchymal stem cells to quicken their development to cells used specifically for cartilage or really any other type of cell.
Here is an example of one of the articles However, even after looking at the data sets from all of these experiments and research projects I still don't understand how this is done (i.e. what lab instruments, the actual procedure), for example of cartilage progenitors from stem cells.
I specifically want to know how this occurs in neuronal stem cells and how can we isolate those stem cells and test the effect of encapsulating them with a type of hydrogel to alter their fate? How could this be done?