Pawlowski M, et al. 2017. Stem Cell Reports, 8: 803–812
The isolation or in vitro derivation of many human cell types remains challenging and inefficient. Direct conversion of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) by forced expression of transcription factors provides a potential alternative. However, deficient inducible gene expression in hPSCs has compromised efficiencies of forward programming approaches. We have systematically optimized inducible gene expression in hPSCs using a dual genomic safe harbor gene-targeting strategy. This approach provides a
. Finally, we present a forward programming strategy for rapid and highly efficient generation of human oligodendrocytes.