Iranian Scientists Produce Stem Cells from Skin

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Active ImageIranian scientists have successfully produced Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) from a patient's skin to treat certain types of diseases.

The Research deputy of Royan Institute, Abdolhossein Shahverdi, reported at the tenth Royan congress of fertility and infertility, that Iranian researchers had produced iPSC from human and rodent skin cells.

According to Shahverdi, Royan researchers have reprogrammed the human and mouse somatic skin cells into an undifferentiated state to exhibit the essential characteristics of embryonic stem cells, known as iPSC.

"These reprogrammed pluripotent stem cells extracted from the patients own skin can not only treat several diseases but also lower the risk of genetic disorders and rejection following the use of stem cells," he added.

Shahverdi said Royan researchers hope to differentiate these cells into muscle and nerve cells in the near future with the aim of treating patients in need of such stem cells.

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