Pluripotent stem cell derived hepatocytes: Using materials to define cellular differentiation and tissue engineering

Baltasar Lucendo Villarin, Hassan Rashidi, Katherine Cameron, David Hay

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Abstract

Pluripotent stem cell derived liver cells (hepatocytes) represent a promising alternative to primary tissue for biological and clinical application. To date, most hepatocyte maintenance and differentiation systems have relied upon the use of animal derived components. This serves as a significant barrier to large scale production and application of stem cell derived hepatocytes. Recently, the use of defined biologics and substrates has overcome those limitations in two-dimensional monolayer culture. In order to improve cell phenotype further, three-dimensional culture systems have been employed to better mimic the in vivo situation, drawing upon materials chemistry, engineering and biology. In this review we discuss the founding work, and latest strategies in the field, to differentiate pluripotent stem cells towards hepatocytes under defined conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3433-3442
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry B: Materials for biology and medicine
Volume4
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2016

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