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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(10), 20019-20036; doi:10.3390/ijms141020019
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Genetic Correction of Stem Cells in the Treatment of Inherited Diseases and Focus on Xeroderma Pigmentosum

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Received: 29 July 2013; in revised form: 11 September 2013 / Accepted: 17 September 2013 / Published: 9 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Research of Epidermal Stem Cells)
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Abstract: Somatic stem cells ensure tissue renewal along life and healing of injuries. Their safe isolation, genetic manipulation ex vivo and reinfusion in patients suffering from life threatening immune deficiencies (for example, severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)) have demonstrated the efficacy of ex vivo gene therapy. Similarly, adult epidermal stem cells have the capacity to renew epidermis, the fully differentiated, protective envelope of our body. Stable skin replacement of severely burned patients have proven life saving. Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a devastating disease due to severe defects in the repair of mutagenic DNA lesions introduced upon exposure to solar radiations. Most patients die from the consequences of budding hundreds of skin cancers in the absence of photoprotection. We have developed a safe procedure of genetic correction of epidermal stem cells isolated from XP patients. Preclinical and safety assessments indicate successful correction of XP epidermal stem cells in the long term and their capacity to regenerate a normal skin with full capacities of DNA repair.
Keywords: stem cells; skin; epidermis; cancer; DNA repair; genetic correction; xeroderma pigmentosum stem cells; skin; epidermis; cancer; DNA repair; genetic correction; xeroderma pigmentosum
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Rouanet, S.; Warrick, E.; Gache, Y.; Scarzello, S.; Avril, M.-F.; Bernerd, F.; Magnaldo, T. Genetic Correction of Stem Cells in the Treatment of Inherited Diseases and Focus on Xeroderma Pigmentosum. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 20019-20036.

AMA Style

Rouanet S, Warrick E, Gache Y, Scarzello S, Avril M-F, Bernerd F, Magnaldo T. Genetic Correction of Stem Cells in the Treatment of Inherited Diseases and Focus on Xeroderma Pigmentosum. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013; 14(10):20019-20036.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Rouanet, Sophie; Warrick, Emilie; Gache, Yannick; Scarzello, Sabine; Avril, Marie-Françoise; Bernerd, Françoise; Magnaldo, Thierry. 2013. "Genetic Correction of Stem Cells in the Treatment of Inherited Diseases and Focus on Xeroderma Pigmentosum." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14, no. 10: 20019-20036.



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