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Commentary on human pluripotent stem cell-based blood-brain barrier models


Lippmann ESEthan S , Azarin SMSamira M , Palecek SPSean P , Shusta EVEric V . Fluids and barriers of the CNS. 2020 10 19; 17(1). 64


In 2012, we provided the first published evidence that human pluripotent stem cells could be differentiated to cells exhibiting markers and phenotypes characteristic of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In the ensuing years, the initial protocols have been refined, and the research community has identified both positive and negative attributes of this stem cell-based BBB model system. Here, we give our perspective on the current status of these models and their use in the BBB community, as well as highlight key attributes that would benefit from improvement moving forward.