The potential of stem cells as an in vitro source of red blood cells for transfusion

Cell Stem Cell. 2012 Feb 3;10(2):115-9. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2012.01.001.

Abstract

Recent advances have increased excitement about the potential for therapeutic production of red blood cells (RBCs) in vitro. However, generation of RBCs in the large numbers required for transfusion remains a significant challenge. In this article, we summarize recent progress in producing RBCs from various cell sources, and discuss the hurdles that remain for translation into the clinical arena.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Culture Techniques*
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Erythrocyte Transfusion*
  • Erythrocytes / cytology*
  • Humans
  • Stem Cells / cytology*