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"Induction of pluripotent stem cells from adult human fibroblasts by defined factors," by Kazutoshi Takahashi, Koji Tanabe, Mari Ohnuki, Megumi Narita, Tomoko Ischisaka, Kiichiro Tomoda, and Shinya Yamanaka, Cell, 131(5): 861-72, 30 November 2007.

[Authors' affiliations: Kyoto University, Japan; CREST, Kawaguchi, Japan; Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, San Francisco, CA]

Abstract: "Successful reprogramming of differentiated human somatic cells into a pluripotent state would allow creation of patient- and disease-specific stem cells. We previously reported generation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, capable of germline transmission, from mouse somatic cells by transduction of four defined transcription factors. Here, we demonstrate the generation of iPS cells from adult human dermal fibroblasts with the same four factors: Oct3/4, Sox2, Klf4, and c-Myc. Human iPS cells were similar to human embryonic stem (ES) cells in morphology, proliferation, surface antigens, gene expression, epigenetic status of pluripotent cell-specific genes, and telomerase activity. Furthermore, these cells could differentiate into cell types of the three germ layers in vitro and in teratomas. These findings demonstrate that iPS cells can be generated from adult human fibroblasts."

This 2007 report from Cell was cited 51 times in current journal articles indexed by Clarivate Analytics during September-October 2008. With this latest total, and for the third consecutive bimonthly period, it scores as the most-cited biology paper published in the last two years, aside from reviews. Prior to the most recent two-month count, citations to the paper have accrued as follows:

July-August 2008: 96 citations
May-June 2008: 59
March-April 2008: 41
January-February 2008: 23
November-December 2007: 3

Total citations to date: 273

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