-We have established a treatment that allows us to efficiently and conditionally immortalize primary human keratinocytes and other epithelial cells by culturing them in the presence of a ROCK inhibitor and with feeder fibroblasts. -The immortalized cells are invaluable for studies on the long-term persistent HPV DNA replication -Immortalization is conditional -The immortalized cells are invaluable for studies on gene therapy and gene delivery. -The technique is invaluable for the efficient procurement of cells from individuals with specific genetic and infectious diseases.

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2013
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Liu, Xuefeng; Ory, Virginie; Chapman, Sandra et al. (2012) ROCK inhibitor and feeder cells induce the conditional reprogramming of epithelial cells. Am J Pathol 180:599-607
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Chapman, Sandra; Liu, Xuefeng; Meyers, Craig et al. (2010) Human keratinocytes are efficiently immortalized by a Rho kinase inhibitor. J Clin Invest 120:2619-26