Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Technology and Direct Conversion: New Possibilities to Study and Treat Parkinson's Disease

Reinhard Roessler, Erik Boddeke, Sjef Copray*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Recent developments in in vitro disease modeling and regenerative medicine have placed induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in the center of attention as a unique source to study Parkinson's disease. After only 5 years of intensive research, human iPSCs can be generated without viral integration and under xeno-free conditions. This, combined with increasingly sophisticated methods to differentiate iPSCs into functional dopaminergic (DA) neurons, led us to recapitulate the most important findings concerning the use of iPSC technology as a prospective tool to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease as well as to obtain insight in disease related cell pathogenesis. Moreover, we touch upon some of the latest discoveries in which patient-derived autologous DA neurons come into even more direct reach thanks to a method that allows transdifferentiation of fibroblasts into DA neurons.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)505-513
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftStem cell reviews and reports
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusPublished - aug-2013

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