During embryonic development, a pool of cells may become a reserve of undifferentiated cells, the embryo-stolen adult stem cells (ESASC). ESASC may be responsible for adult tissue homeostasis, as well as disease development. Transdifferentiation is a sort of reprogramming of ESASC from one germ layer-derived tissue towards another. Transdifferentiation has been described to take place from mesoderm to ectodermal- or endodermal-derived tissues and viceversa but not from ectodermal- to endodermal-derived tissues. We hypothesise that two different populations of ESASC could exist, the first ecto/mesoblast-committed and the second endo/mesoblast-committed. If confirmed, this hypothesis could lead to new studies on the molecular mechanisms of cell differentiation and to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of a number of diseases.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HISTOCHEMISTRY|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Animal Science and Zoology
- Developmental Biology
- Cell Biology