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Directing differentiation of pluripotent stem cells towards retinal pigment epithelium lineage

ABSTRACT: Development of efficient and reproducible conditions for directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into specific cell types is important not only to understand early human development but also to enable more practical applications, such as in vitro models of disease, drug discovery, and cell therapies. The differentiation of stem cells to retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in particular holds promise as a source of cells for therapeutic replacement in age-related macular degeneration. Here we show development of a robust and efficient method to derive RPE with high reproducibility in an adherent, monolayer system using sequential inhibition and activation of the Activin and BMP signalling pathways. We use whole genome transcript analysis to characterize cells at different stages of differentiation to gain further understanding of the developmental dynamics and fate specification of RPE.

ORGANISM(S): Homo sapiens

PROVIDER: E-MTAB-4259 | BioStudies |

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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