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Type I diabetes mellitus is caused by an autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells. The major obstacle in using transplantation for curing the disease is the limited source of insulin-producing cells. The isolation of human embryonic stem (hES) cells introduced a new prospect for obtaining a sufficient number of beta cells for(More)
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) represent an ideal cell source for future cell therapy and regenerative medicine. However, most iPSC lines described to date have been isolated from skin fibroblasts or other cell types that require harvesting by surgical intervention. Because it is desirable to avoid such intervention, an alternative cell source that(More)
During early embryogenesis, the cardiovascular system is the first system to be established and is initiated by a process involving the hypoblastic cells of the primitive endoderm. Human embryonic stem (hES) cells provide a model to investigate the early developmental stages of this system. When removed from their feeder layer, hESC create embryoid bodies(More)
Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is an autosomal recessive lipid-storage disease caused by mutations in the sterol 27-hydroxylase gene (CYP27). So far several mutations causing CTX have been identified and characterized. A new mutation creating an insertion of cytosine at position 6 in the cDNA, which is expected to result in a frameshift and a(More)
New sources of beta cells are needed in order to develop cell therapies for patients with diabetes. An alternative to forced expansion of post-mitotic beta cells is the induction of differentiation of stem-cell derived progenitor cells that have a natural self-expansion capacity into insulin-producing cells. In order to learn more about these progenitor(More)
The regulatory pathways responsible for maintaining human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) in an undifferentiated state have yet to be elucidated. Since these pathways are thought to be governed by complex protein cues, deciphering the changes that occur in the proteomes of the ESCs during differentiation is important for understanding the expansion and(More)
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