© 2013

Programmed Cells from Basic Neuroscience to Therapy

  • Fred H. Gage
  • Yves Christen

Part of the Research and Perspectives in Neurosciences book series (NEUROSCIENCE, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Stan Wang, John B. Gurdon
    Pages 9-15
  3. Maria C. N. Marchetto, Alysson R. Muotri, Fred H. Gage
    Pages 31-39
  4. Chiara Zuccato, Elena Cattaneo
    Pages 41-55
  5. Jerome Mertens, Philipp Koch, Oliver Brüstle
    Pages 57-66
  6. Derek H. Oakley, Gist F. Croft, Hynek Wichterle, Christopher E. Henderson
    Pages 75-91
  7. Alysson Renato Muotri
    Pages 101-117
  8. Ignacio Sancho-Martinez, Emmanuel Nivet, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte
    Pages 119-130
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 131-132

About this book


The recent advances in Programming Somatic Cell (PSC) including induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS) and Induced Neuronal phenotypes (iN), has changed the experimental landscape and opened new possibilities. The advances in PSC have provided an important tool for the study of human neuronal function as well as neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases in live human neurons in a controlled environment. For example, reprogramming cells from patients with neurological diseases allows the study of molecular pathways particular to specific subtypes of neurons such as dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson’s Disease, Motor neurons for Amyolateral Sclerosis or myelin for Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, because PSC technology allows for the study of human neurons during development, disease-specific pathways can be investigated prior to and during disease onset. Detecting disease-specific molecular signatures in live human brain cells, opens possibilities for early intervention therapies and new diagnostic tools. Importantly, it is now feasible to obtain gene expression profiles from neurons that capture the genetic uniqueness of each patient. Importantly, once the neurological neural phenotype is detected in vitro, the so-called “disease-in-a-dish” approach allows for the screening of drugs that can ameliorate the disease-specific phenotype. New therapeutic drugs could either act on generalized pathways in all patients or be patient-specific and used in a personalized medicine approach. However, there are a number of pressing issues that need to be addressed and resolved before PSC technology can be extensively used for clinically relevant modeling of neurological diseases.


Alzheimer's disease Huntington's disease Neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases Programming Somatic Cell (PSC) Rett syndrome Stem cells

Editors and affiliations

  • Fred H. Gage
    • 1
  • Yves Christen
    • 2
  1. 1., Laboratory of GeneticsThe Salk Institute f. Biological StudiesLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Fondation IpsenBoulogne BillancourtFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Programmed Cells from Basic Neuroscience to Therapy
  • Editors Fred H. Gage
    Yves Christen
  • Series Title Research and Perspectives in Neurosciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Research, Neurosciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-36647-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51294-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-36648-2
  • Series ISSN 0945-6082
  • Series E-ISSN 2196-3096
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 130
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
    Stem Cells
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