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Using Bioengineering Approaches to Generate a Three-Dimensional Human Induced Pluripotent Stem-Cell Based Model of Alzheimer's Disease

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The pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) remains difficult to precisely ascertain in part because animal models fail to fully recapitulate many aspects of the disease and postmortem studies do not

The pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) remains difficult to precisely ascertain in part because animal models fail to fully recapitulate many aspects of the disease and postmortem studies do not allow for the study of the pathophysiology. In vitro models of AD generated with patient derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) could provide new insight into disease mechanisms. Although many protocols exist to differentiate hiPSCs to neurons, standard practice relies on two-dimensional (2-D) systems, which do not accurately mimic the complexity and architecture of the in vivo brain microenvironment. This research aims to create three-dimensional (3-D) models of AD using hiPSCs, which would enhance the understanding of AD pathophysiology thereby, enabling the generation of effective therapeutics.

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  • 2017