Prospects of induced pluripotent stem cell technology in regenerative medicine

Feng Zhang, Fudiman Citra, Dong-An Wang
Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews 2011, 17 (2): 115-24
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are derived from adult somatic cells via reprogramming with ectopic expression of four transcription factors (Oct3/4, Sox2, c-Myc and Klf4; or, Oct3/4, Sox2, Nanog, and Lin28), by which the resultant cells regain pluripotency, namely, the capability exclusively possessed by some embryonic cells to differentiate into any cell lineage under proper conditions. Given the ease in cell sourcing and a waiver of ethical opponency, iPS cells excel embryonic pluripotent cells in the practice of drug discovery and regenerative medicine. With an ex vivo practice in regenerative medicine, many problems involved in conventional medicine dosing, such as immune rejection, could be potentially circumvented. In this article, we briefly summarize the fundamentals and status quo of iPS-related applications, and emphasize the prospects of iPS technology in regenerative medicine.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"