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Annu Rev Pharmacol Toxicol. 2013;53:147-59. doi: 10.1146/annurev-pharmtox-011112-140306.

Pluripotent stem cell-derived hepatocytes: potential and challenges in pharmacology.

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MRC Center for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH16 4UU, United Kingdom.


The liver is a fascinating organ and performs a wide range of functions necessary for life. Because the hepatocyte is the major functional cell type found in the liver, it is important that we better understand its role in health and disease. Functional hepatocytes have been derived from many sources, including human stem cell populations. These models offer new opportunities to further our understanding of human liver biology from diverse genotypes and, in the future, to facilitate the development of novel medicines or cell-based therapies. This review discusses limitations in current cell-based models and the advantages offered by pluripotent stem cell-derived hepatocytes.

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