Eyes open on stem cells

Anna Altshuler, Aya Amitai-Lange, Waseem Nasser, Shalini Dimri, Swarnabh Bhattacharya, Beatrice Tiosano, Ramez Barbara, Daniel Aberdam, Shigeto Shimmura, Ruby Shalom-Feuerstein

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Recently, the murine cornea has reemerged as a robust stem cell (SC) model, allowing individual SC tracing in living animals. The cornea has pioneered seminal discoveries in SC biology and regenerative medicine, from the first corneal transplantation in 1905 to the identification of limbal SCs and their transplantation to successfully restore vision in the early 1990s. Recent experiments have exposed unexpected properties attributed to SCs and progenitors and revealed flexibility in the differentiation program and a key role for the SC niche. Here, we discuss the limbal SC model and its broader relevance to other tissues, disease, and therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2313-2327
Number of pages15
JournalStem Cell Reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - 12 Dec 2023


  • Mice
  • Animals
  • Epithelium, Corneal
  • Limbus Corneae
  • Cornea
  • Stem Cells
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Stem Cell Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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