Adult stem cells and their niches

Francesca Ferraro, Cristina Lo Celso, David Scadden

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Stem cells participate in dynamic physiologic systems that dictate the outcome of developmental events and organismal stress, Since these cells are fundamental to tissue maintenance and repair, the signals they receive play a critical role in the integrity of the organism. Much work has focused on stem cell identification and the molecular pathways involved in their regulation. Yet, we understand little about how these pathways achieve physiologically responsive stem cell functions. This chapter will review the state of our understanding of stem cells in the context of their microenvironment regarding the relation between stem cell niche dysfunction, carcinogenesis and aging.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cell Biology of Stem Cells
EditorsEran Meshorer, Kathrin Plath
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598


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