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Cell Stem Cell. 2011 Dec 2;9(6):517-25. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2011.11.015.

Induced neuronal cells: how to make and define a neuron.

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  • 1Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.

Abstract

Cellular plasticity is a major focus of investigation in developmental biology. The recent discovery that induced neuronal (iN) cells can be generated from mouse and human fibroblasts by expression of defined transcription factors suggested that cell fate plasticity is much wider than previously anticipated. In this review, we summarize the most recent developments in this nascent field and suggest criteria to help define and categorize iN cells that take into account the complexity of neuronal identity.

Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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