Rita Perlingeiro

Lillehei Professor in Stem Cell and Regenerative Cardiovascular Medicine
Deputy Director of Scientific Engagement and Commercialization for the LHI
Preceptor, Medical Scientist Training Program (Combined MD/PhD Training Program)
Faculty, PhD Program in Integrative Biology and Physiology
Faculty, PhD Program in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics
Faculty, PhD Program in Neuroscience
Faculty, Masters Program in Stem Cell Biology


Our laboratory has a long-term interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling lineage-specific differentiation of pluripotent stem cells (PSC), which has led to the efficient generation of  PSC-derived myogenic progenitor cells endowed with in vivo regenerative potential. Current research projects focus on the effect of the environment on the engraftment and maturation of PSC-derived myogenic progenitors, the development of allogeneic and autologous cell therapy for muscular dystrophies (MD), and application of MD patient-specific iPSC-derived muscle derivatives for disease modeling and drug discovery.

Creative Activity Summary

Full list of publications at Experts@Minnesota or PubMed.

  1. Baik J, Ortiz-Cordero C, Magli A, Azzag K, Crist SB, Yamashita A, Kiley J, Selvaraj S, Mondragon-Gonzalez R. Perrin E, Maufort JP, Janecek JL, Lee RM, Stone LH, Rangarajan P, Ramachandran S, Graham ML, & Perlingeiro RCR. (2023). Establishment of skeletal myogenic progenitors from non-human primate induced pluripotent stem cells. Cells, 12(8), 1147; https://doi.org/10.3390/cells12081147.
  2. Singh BN, Yucel D, Garay BI, Tolkacheva EG, Kyba M, Perlingeiro RCR, van Berlo J, & Ogle BM, (2023) Proliferation and Maturation: Janus and the art of engineered cardiac tissue. Circulation Research, 132(4):519-540.  PMCID: PMC9943541.
  3. McKenna DH & Perlingeiro RCR, (2023) Development of allogeneic iPS cell-based therapy: from bench to bedside. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 15(2):e15315. PMCID: PMC9906386.
  4. Azzag K, Bosnakovski D, Tungtur S, Salama P, Kyba M, & Perlingeiro RCR, (2022) Transplantation of pluripotent stem cell-derived myogenic progenitors counteracts disease phenotypes in a mouse model of FSHD. NPG Regenerative Medicine,  7(1):43. PMCID: PMC9440030.
  5. Garay BI, Givens S, Stanis N, Magli A, Yücel D, Abrahante JE, Goloviznina NA, Soliman HAN, Dhoke NR, Baik J, Kyba M, van Berlo JH, Ogle B, & Perlingeiro RCR, (2022) Inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway enhances maturation of human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes. Stem Cell Reports. 17(9):2005-2022. PMCID: PMC9481895.
  6. Kim H, & Perlingeiro RCR, (2022) Generation of human myogenic progenitors from pluripotent stem cells for in vivo regeneration. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. 8;79(8):406. doi: 10.1007/s00018-022-04434-8. PMCID: PMC9270264.
  7. Ortiz-Cordero C, Bincoletto, C, Dhoke N, Selvaraj S, Magli A, Zhou H, Kim D-H, Bang AG, & Perlingeiro RCR, (2021), Defective autophagy and increased apoptosis contribute toward the pathogenesis of FKRP-associated muscular dystrophies. Stem Cell Reports. 16(11):2752-2767. PMCID: PMC8581053.
  8. Dhoke N, Kim H, Selvaraj S, Oliveira NAJ, Azzag K, Tungtur S, Ortiz-Cordero C, Kiley J, Lu QL, Bang A, & Perlingeiro RCR, (2021), A universal gene correction approach for FKRP-associated dystroglycanopathies to enable autologous cell therapyCell Reports. 36(2):109360. PMCID: PMC8327854.
  9. Ortiz-Cordero C, Magli A, Dhoke N, Kuebler T, Selvaraj S, Oliveira NA, Zhou H, Sham YY, Bang AG, & Perlingeiro RCR, (2021), “NAD+ enhances ribitol and ribose rescue of α-dystroglycan functional glycosylation in human FKRP-mutant myotubes”Elife, 2021 10:e65443. PMCID: PMC7924940
  10. Ortiz-Cordero C, Azzag K, & Perlingeiro RCR, (2021), “Fukutin-Related Protein: from Pathology to Treatments”. Trends in Cell Biology, 31:197-210. PMID: 33272829 (cover article).
  11. Kim H, Selvaraj S, Kiley J, Azzag K, Garay BI, & Perlingeiro RCR, (2021), “Genomic safe harbor expression of PAX7 for the generation of engraftable myogenic progenitors”Stem Cell Reports, 16:10-19.PMCID: PMC7815936
  12. Baik J, Felices M, Yingst A, Theuer, CP, Verneris MR, Miller JS, & Perlingeiro RCR,(2020), “Therapeutic effect of TRC105 and decitabine combination in AML xenografts”. Heliyon, 6(10):e05242. PMCID: PMC7566100.
  13. Incitti T, Magli A, Jenkins J, Lin K, Yamamoto A and Perlingeiro RCR, (2020), “Pluripotent stem cell-derived skeletal muscle fibers preferentially express oxidative myosin heavy-chain isoforms: new implications for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”. Skeletal Muscle, 10(1):17. PMCID: PMC7268645
  14. Azzag K, Ortiz-Cordero C, Oliveira NAJ, Magli A, Selvaraj S, Tungtur S, Upchurch W, Iaizzo PA, Lu QL and Perlingeiro RCR, (2020) “Efficient Engraftment of Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Myogenic Progenitors in a Novel Immunodeficient Mouse Model of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy 2I”Skeletal Muscle, 10(1):10. PMCID: PMC7175515.
  15. Selvaraj S, Mondragon-Gonzalez R, Xu B, Magli A, Kim H, Lainé J, Kiley J, McKee H, Rinaldi F, Aho J, Tabti N, Shen W, & Perlingeiro RCR, (2019) “Screening identifies small molecules that enhance the maturation of human pluripotent stem cell-derived myotubes”eLIFE, 8. pii: e47970. PMCID: PMC6845233.
  16. Selvaraj S, Dhoke N, Kiley J, Aierdi AJM, Mondragon-Gonzalez R, Killeen G, Oliveira VKP, Tungtur S, Munain AL & Perlingeiro RCR, (2019) “Gene Correction of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 2A Patient-Specific iPS Cells for the Development of Targeted Autologous Cell Therapy”Molecular Therapy,27:2147-2157. PMCID: PMC6904833.
  17. Selvaraj S, Kyba M & Perlingeiro RCR, (2019) “Pluripotent Stem Cell-Based Therapeutics for Muscular Dystrophies” Trends in Molecular Medicine. 25:803-816. PMCID: PMC6721995. (cover article)
  18. Mondragon-Gonzalez R, Azzag K, Selvaraj S, Yamamoto A & Perlingeiro RCR, (2019) “Transplantation studies reveal internuclear transfer of toxic RNA in engrafted muscles of myotonic dystrophy 1 mice”eBioMedicine. 47:553-562. PMCID: PMC6796515.
  19. Magli A, Baik J, Pota P, Ortiz Cordero C, Kwak IY, Garry DJ, Love PE, Dynlacht BD and Perlingeiro RCR, (2019) “Pax3 cooperates with Ldb1 to direct local chromosome architecture during myogenic lineage specification”. Nature Communications, 10:2316. PMCID: PMC6534668.

Full list of publications at Experts@Minnesota or PubMed.