[Regenerative approach for COPD].

Hiroshi Kubo

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Abstract

No treatment to cure of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is available. Regenerative medicine is one of promising areas for this intractable disease. Several reagents and growth factors are known to promote lung regeneration in small animal models. However, regenerative medicines for human lungs are not achieved yet. Recent advances in stem cell biology and tissue engineering have expanded our understanding of lung endogenous stem cells, and this new knowledge provides us with new ideas for future regenerative therapy for lung diseases. Although lungs are the most challenging organ for regenerative medicine, our cumulative knowledge of lung regeneration and of endogenous progenitor cells makes clear the possibilities for regenerative approach to COPD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1869-1872
Number of pages4
JournalNihon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine
Volume69
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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