Journal article

Methods of Retinal Ganglion Cell Differentiation From Pluripotent Stem Cells

Katherine P Gill, Alex W Hewitt, Kathryn C Davidson, Alice Pebay, Raymond CB Wong

Translational Vision Science & Technology | ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

Glaucoma, the worldwide leading cause of irreversible blindness, is characterized by progressive degeneration of the optic nerve and loss of retinal ganglion cells. Research into glaucoma pathogenesis has been hampered by difficulties in isolating and culturing retinal ganglion cells in vitro. However, recent improvements in laboratory techniques have enabled the generation of a variety of mature cell types from pluripotent stem cells, including retinal ganglion cells. Indeed, stem cell-based approaches have the potential to revolutionize the field by providing an unlimited source of cells for replacement therapies and by enabling development of in vitro disease models for drug screening and..

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