TITLE

Recent Advances towards the Clinical Application of Stem Cells for Retinal Regeneration

AUTHOR(S)
Becker, Silke; Jayaram, Hari; Limb, G. Astrid
PUB. DATE
December 2012
SOURCE
Cells (2073-4409);Dec2012, Vol. 1 Issue 4, p851
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Retinal degenerative diseases constitute a major cause of irreversible blindness in the world. Stem cell-based therapies offer hope for these patients at risk of or suffering from blindness due to the deterioration of the neural retina. Various sources of stem cells are currently being investigated, ranging from human embryonic stem cells to adult-derived induced pluripotent stem cells as well as human Müller stem cells, with the first clinical trials to investigate the safety and tolerability of human embryonic stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelium cells having recently commenced. This review aims to summarize the latest advances in the development of stem cell strategies for the replacement of retinal neurons and their supportive cells, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) affected by retinal degenerative conditions. Particular emphasis will be given to the advances in stem cell transplantation and the challenges associated with their translation into clinical practice.
ACCESSION #
84445388

 

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