Associate Professor Rita Perlingeiro

Medical School
Twin Cities
Project Title: 
Lineage Decision From Pluripotent Stem Cells

The Perlingeiro laboratory was the pioneer in succeeding to generate skeletal muscle progenitors from embryonic stem (ES) cells. Their approach focuses on the use of master regulators of embryonic myogenesis to recapitulate muscle development in the Petri dish, generating myogenic progenitor cells with the capacity to restore muscle function following their engraftment in dystrophic mice. The recent breakthrough of direct reprogramming adult mouse and human fibroblasts toward a pluripotent state has opened new opportunities for the generation of patient- and disease- specific stem cells without the ethical issues associated with the derivation of human embryonic stem (ES) cells. These researchers have recently succeeded in applying their technology to mouse and human skin reprogrammed cells to generate large numbers of skeletal muscle progenitors as observed with their embryonic counterparts. When transplanted in mouse models of muscular dystrophy, these pluripotent cell-derived skeletal myogenic progenitors are capable of significant regeneration. Importantly, engrafted muscles are clearly endowed with superior specific force when compared to non-treated controls. Thus studies from this lab provide proof-of-principle for the future application of iPS cells. They are also interested in dissecting the role of TGF-beta signaling in mesoderm specification and commitment to the hematopoietic, endothelial, and cardiac lineages. They use MSI resources for bioinformatic analyses of RNA-seq and ChIP-Seq studies.

Project Investigators

Dr. Juan Abrahante Llorens
Natalia Calixto Mancipe
Jeremy Chacon
Sarah Crist
Neha Dhoke
Bayardo Garay
Micah Gearhart
Adam Herman
James Kiley
Professor Michael Kyba
Marissa Macchietto
Associate Professor Rita Perlingeiro
Aline Miyoko Sakaguchi Yamashita
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