|Title||Advances in generating hepatocytes from pluripotent stem cells for translational medicine.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Szkolnicka D, Hay DC|
|Date Published||2016 Mar 26|
The liver is one of the major organs in the human body. Severe or prolonged exposure of the liver to different factors, such as alcohol, fat, drugs or viruses, may cause life-threatening disease, which necessitates donor organ transplantation. While orthotopic liver transplantation can be used to effectively treat liver failure, it is an invasive procedure, which is severely limited by organ donation. Therefore alternative sources of liver support have been proposed and studied. This includes the use of pluripotent stem cell-derived hepatocytes as a renewable source of cells for therapy. In addition to cell-based therapies, in vitro engineered liver tissue provides powerful models for human drug discovery and disease modelling. This review focuses on the generation of hepatocyte-like cells from pluripotent stem cells and their application in translational medicine. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
|Alternate Journal||Stem Cells|