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Stem Cells International
Volume 2017, Article ID 4378947, 8 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4378947
Review Article

Urine-Derived Stem Cells: The Present and the Future

1Department of Central Laboratory, Shanghai Children’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1400 Beijing Road West, Shanghai 200040, China
2Department of Urology, Shanghai Children’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1400 Beijing Road West, Shanghai 200040, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Junmei Zhou; moc.931@uohz_iemnuj

Received 30 June 2017; Revised 30 August 2017; Accepted 7 September 2017; Published 8 November 2017

Academic Editor: Ming Li

Copyright © 2017 Xiaoli Ji et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Stem cell research provides promising strategies in improving healthcare for human beings. As a noninvasively obtained and easy-to-culture cell resource with relatively low expense, urine-derived stem cells have special advantages. They have been extensively studied on its proliferation ability and differentiation potential and were being reprogrammed to model diseases during the last decade. In this review, we intend to summarize the latest progress on the research of urine-derived stem cells for its broad application mainly in regenerative medicine and disease modeling, as well as in what is challenging currently. This minireview will highlight the potential application of urine-derived stem cells and provides possible direction of further research in the future.