Title

All for one, and one for all: the clonality of the intestinal stem cell niche

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Publication Title

F1000 Biology Reports

Volume

2

DOI

10.3410/B2-73

Abstract

Intestinal epithelia are maintained by intestinal stem cells (ISCs) that divide to replace dying absorptive and secretory cells that make up this tissue. Lineage labeling studies, both in vertebrates and Drosophila, have revealed the relationships between ISCs and their progeny. In addition, a number of signaling pathways involved in ISC proliferation and differentiation have been identified. Further studies will clarify the signals originating from the ISC niche and determine the processes that control the number and uniform distribution of niches throughout the epithelium.

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