Early Successes – Adult Stem Cells

      • Human mesenchymal stem cells turned on Functional and physical units of heredity passed from parent to offspring. Genes are pieces of DNA, and most genes contain the information for making a specific protein.genes found in bone, cartilage, adipose, muscle, hematopoiesis-supporting stromal, endothelial, and neuronal cells.
      • Multipotent adult progenitor cells have been shown to differentiate into functional, hepatocyte-like cells.
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Adult stem cells have shown great promise in many published studies. These cells have shown the potential to form many different kinds of cell types and tissues, including functional hepatocyte-like (liver) cells. Such cells might be useful in repairing organs ravaged by diseases.


  1. Tremain, N., et al., “MicroSAGE Analysis of 2,353 Expressed Genes in a Single-Cell Derived Colony of Undifferentiated Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Reveals Messenger ribonucleic acid is a molecule of RNA encoding a chemical 'blueprint' for a protein product, which is transcribed from a DNA template, and carries this information to the sites of protein synthesis.mRNAs of Multiple Cell Lineages,” Stem Cells 19: 408-418 (2001).

  2. Schwartz, R. E., et al., “Multipotent adult progenitor cells from bone marrow differentiate into functional hepatocyte-like cells,” Journal of Clinical Investigation 109: 1291-1302 (2002).

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