Regenerative Medicine Vol. 14 No. 7 | Review

Fetal liver stem cell transplantation for liver diseases


Stem cell transplantation exhibited a promising lifesaving therapy for various end-stage liver diseases and could serve as a salvaging bridge until curative methods can be performed. In past decades, mature hepatocytes, liver progenitor cells, mesenchymal stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells have been practiced in above settings. However, long-term survival rates and continuous proliferation ability of these cells in vivo are unsatisfactory, whereas, fetal liver stem cells (FLSCs), given their unique superiority, may be the best candidate for stem cell transplantation technique. Recent studies have revealed that FLSCs could be used as an attractive genetic therapy or regenerative treatments for inherited metabolic or other hepatic disorders. In this study, we reviewed current status and advancements of FLSCs-based treatment.

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