Chemical Modulation of Cell Fate in Stem Cell Therapeutics and Regenerative Medicine

Cell Chem Biol. 2016 Aug 18;23(8):893-916. doi: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2016.07.007. Epub 2016 Aug 11.


Regenerative medicine aims to repair and regenerate injured tissues and restore their impaired functions. Recent developments in stem cell biology have attracted significant interest in their applications in regenerative medicine. Chemical approaches using small molecules have yielded exciting results in induction and differentiation of pluripotent stem cells, lineage conversion of somatic cells, and ex vivo as well as in vivo modulation of adult stem cells. In this review, we discuss recent progress, new insights, and future challenges of the chemical approaches in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Differentiation / drug effects
  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
  • Humans
  • Pluripotent Stem Cells / physiology*
  • Regenerative Medicine / methods*
  • Small Molecule Libraries


  • Small Molecule Libraries