Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) represent a valuable alternative to stem cells (SCs) in regenerative medicine overcoming their ethical limitations, like embryo disruption. Takahashi and Yamanaka in 2006 reprogrammed, for the first time, mouse fibroblasts into iPSCs through the retroviral delivery of four reprogramming factors: Oct3/4, Sox2, c-Myc and Klf4 (SKOM). Since then, several studies started reporting the derivation of iPSC lines from animals other than rodents for translational and veterinary medicine. Here, we review the potential of using these cells for further intriguing applications, such as "cellular agriculture". IPSCs, indeed, can be a source of in vitro, skeletal muscle tissue, namely "cultured meat", a product that improves animal welfare and encourages the consumption of healthier meat along with environment preservation. Also, we report the potential of using iPSCs, obtained from endangered species, for therapeutic treatments for captive animals and for assisted reproductive technologies as well. This review offers a unique opportunity to explore the whole spectrum of iPSC applications from regenerative translational and veterinary medicine to the production of artificial meat and the preservation of currently endangered species. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Anatomical templates for tissue (re)generation and beyond

Mavaro, Isabella;De Felice, Elena;Palladino, Antonio;D'Angelo, Livia;Girolamo, Paolo;Attanasio, Chiara
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2020

Abstract

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) represent a valuable alternative to stem cells (SCs) in regenerative medicine overcoming their ethical limitations, like embryo disruption. Takahashi and Yamanaka in 2006 reprogrammed, for the first time, mouse fibroblasts into iPSCs through the retroviral delivery of four reprogramming factors: Oct3/4, Sox2, c-Myc and Klf4 (SKOM). Since then, several studies started reporting the derivation of iPSC lines from animals other than rodents for translational and veterinary medicine. Here, we review the potential of using these cells for further intriguing applications, such as "cellular agriculture". IPSCs, indeed, can be a source of in vitro, skeletal muscle tissue, namely "cultured meat", a product that improves animal welfare and encourages the consumption of healthier meat along with environment preservation. Also, we report the potential of using iPSCs, obtained from endangered species, for therapeutic treatments for captive animals and for assisted reproductive technologies as well. This review offers a unique opportunity to explore the whole spectrum of iPSC applications from regenerative translational and veterinary medicine to the production of artificial meat and the preservation of currently endangered species. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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