Cartilage Regeneration Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Technologies

  • Noriyuki TsumakiEmail author
Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)


The loss of articular cartilage due to trauma or the degeneration caused by aging can result in debilitating conditions and osteoarthritis, because hyaline cartilage has a poor intrinsic capacity for healing. Articular cartilage defects are currently treated by several procedures, including microfracture and autologous chondrocyte transplantation, although fibrocartilaginous tissue is frequently formed instead of true hyaline cartilage. The development of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) offers a new cell source that is free of the ethical issues associated with the use of embryonic stem cells. In addition, the methods used to generate iPSCs and their differentiation into chondrocytes have been improved. As another cell source, a method for the direct conversion of fibroblasts to chondrocytes, which can generate hyaline cartilage, is also being developed.


Articular Cartilage Dermal Fibroblast Hyaline Cartilage Good Manufacturing Practice Articular Cartilage Defect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Cell Growth and Differentiation, Center for IPS Cell Research and ApplicationKyoto UniversitySakyo-KuJapan

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