Zhifang Qiu

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Cell transplantation-based therapy could be an effective way for the treatment of many diseases. Among numerous somatic stem cells isolated and purified, skin-derived precursors (SKPs) are abundant autologous cells, providing a large reservoir of cells for therapeutic transplantation. Previous studies showed that SKPs could be differentiated into neural and(More)
Among the various species from which induced pluripotent stem cells have been derived, nonhuman primates (NHPs) have a unique role as preclinical models. Their relatedness to humans and similar physiology, including central nervous system, make them ideal for translational studies. We review here the progress made in deriving and characterizing iPS cell(More)
The development of the technology for derivation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from human patients and animal models has opened up new pathways to the better understanding of many human diseases, and has created new opportunities for therapeutic approaches. Here, we consider one important neurological disease, Parkinson's, the development of(More)
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) are important for the future development of regenerative medicine involving autologous cell therapy. Before autologous cell therapy can be applied to human patients, suitable animal models must be developed, and in this context non-human primate models are critical. We previously characterized several lines of(More)
Antibody class-switch DNA recombination (CSR) is initiated by AID-introduced DSBs in the switch (S) regions targeted for recombination, as effected by Ku70/Ku86-mediated NHEJ. Ku-deficient B cells, however, undergo (reduced) CSR through an alternative(A)-NHEJ pathway, which introduces microhomologies in S-S junctions. As microhomology-mediated end-joining(More)
Induced pluripotent stem cells from nonhuman primates (NHPs) have unique roles in cell biology and regenerative medicine. Because of the relatedness of NHPs to humans, NHP iPS cells can serve as a source of differentiated derivatives that can be used to address important questions in the comparative biology of primates. Additionally, when used as a source(More)
The marmoset is an important nonhuman primate model for regenerative medicine. For experimental autologous cell therapy based on induced pluripotent (iPS) cells in the marmoset, cells must be able to undergo robust and reliable directed differentiation that will not require customization for each specific iPS cell clone. When marmoset iPS cells were(More)
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