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J. Clin. Med. 2014, 3(4), 1402-1436; doi:10.3390/jcm3041402

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Derived from Alzheimer’s Disease Patients: The Promise, the Hope and the Path Ahead

Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Gronnegaardsvej 7, Frederiksberg C DK-1870, Denmark
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Received: 14 August 2014 / Revised: 12 November 2014 / Accepted: 14 November 2014 / Published: 12 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue iPS Cells for Modelling and Treatment of Human Diseases)
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The future hope of generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) from Alzheimer’s disease patients is multifold. Firstly, they may help to uncover novel mechanisms of the disease, which could lead to the development of new and unprecedented drugs for patients and secondly, they could also be directly used for screening and testing of potential new compounds for drug discovery. In addition, in the case of familial known mutations, these cells could be targeted by use of advanced gene-editing techniques to correct the mutation and be used for future cell transplantation therapies. This review summarizes the work so far in regards to production and characterization of iPS cell lines from both sporadic and familial Alzheimer’s patients and from other iPS cell lines that may help to model the disease. It provides a detailed comparison between published reports and states the present hurdles we face with this new technology. The promise of new gene-editing techniques and accelerated aging models also aim to move this field further by providing better control cell lines for comparisons and potentially better phenotypes, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: induced pluripotent stem cells; Alzheimer’s disease; disease modeling; human induced pluripotent stem cells; Alzheimer’s disease; disease modeling; human

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Freude, K.; Pires, C.; Hyttel, P.; Hall, V.J. Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Derived from Alzheimer’s Disease Patients: The Promise, the Hope and the Path Ahead. J. Clin. Med. 2014, 3, 1402-1436.

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