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Volume 551 Number 7680 pp271-398

16 November 2017

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The cover image depicts colonies derived from human epidermal stem cells (holoclones). Transgenic holoclones from a 7-year-old boy were used to reconstruct his damaged skin. A severe case of junctional epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic disorder in which the integrity of the skin is compromised, meant that much of the boy's skin developed chronic blisters and wounds. In this week's issue, Michele De Luca and his colleagues describe how they approached the boy's treatment. A viral vector was used to transduce stem cells derived from the patient's skin with a functional version of the affected gene, in this case a mutated β3 chain of laminin-332. These stem cells were then used to grow large sheets of functional epidermis that could be used as surgical grafts to replace 80% of the boy's skin. The research also provided insight into the generation of the epidermis and revealed that it is sustained by defined, long-lived stem cells. An accompanying News & Views piece explores the limitations and wider implications of the technique, including the potential of translational research to guide combinatorial stem-cell and gene therapies to treat otherwise incurable diseases. Cover image: Sergio Bondanza & Francesca La Mantia/Centre for Regenerative Medicine ‘Stefano Ferrari’ & Holostem Terapie Avanzate

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