Lens differentiation from embryonic stem (ES) and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells

Ales Cvekl, Ying Yang, Yang Jing, Qing Xie

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The formation of lens progenitor cells and differentiated lens tissue in cell culture conditions presents a number of experimental challenges, even though lens lineage formation and lens fiber cell differentiation are among the best characterized model systems at both genetic and molecular levels. Lens differentiation from ES cells in vitro appears to be a feasible goal. This chapter describes the significance of using ES and iPS cells for better understanding of embryonic lens development and formation of congenital cataracts. A discussion of how iPS cells can help studies of age-related cataract is also included. The chapter summarizes the current data on lentoid body formation from human and primate ES cells, and the molecular basis of directed differentiation of human ES cells into lens progenitor cells and lentoid bodies. Finally, current gaps in lens research and future directions to address these problems are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Ophthalmology
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781461454939
ISBN (Print)9781461454922
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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