Nuclear reprogramming and adult stem cell potential

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Cell-based therapy may represent a new strategy to treat a vast array of clinical disorders including neurodegenerative diseases. Recent observations indicate that adult somatic stem cells have the capacity to contribute to the regeneration of different tissues, suggesting that differentiative restrictions are not completely irreversible and can be reprogrammed. Cell fusion might account for some changed phenotype of adult cells but it seems to be biologically irrelevant for its extreme rarity. Other experimental evidences are compatible with the hypothesis of wide multipotency of well-defined stem cell populations, but also with transdifferentiation and/or dedifferentiation. Further studies on nuclear reprogramming mechanisms are necessary to fulfil the promise for developing autologous cellular therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-986
Number of pages10
JournalHistology and Histopathology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005


  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Stem cells
  • Therapy
  • Transdifferentiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Cell Biology


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