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Advances and applications of induced pluripotent stem cells

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Direct reprogramming of somatic cells into pluripotent cells is an emerging technology for creating patient-specific cells, and potentially opens new scenarios in medical and pharmacological fields. From the discovery of Shinya Yamanaka, who first obtained pluripotent cells from fibroblasts by retrovirus-derived ectopic expression of defined embryonic transcription factors, new methods have been developed to generate safe induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells without genomic manipulations. This review will focus on the recent advances in iPS technology and their application in pharmacology and medicine.

Keywords: drug discovery; découverte de médicaments; iPS; médecine régénérative; regenerative medicine; retrovirus; rétrovirus

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Laboratory of Histology, Department of Health Sciences, Università del Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro”, Via Solaroli 17, 28100 Novara, Italy.

Publication date: March 16, 2012

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