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Flexible Lineage Specifications of Adult Hepatic Cells, Associated Molecular Pathways, and Their Relationship to Liver Cancer

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The availability of new cell culture, cell transplantation, and gene expression technology has highlighted a role of hepatocytes as facultative stem cells for the biliary epithelium. In addition, hepatocytes can revert to primitive progenitor cell types and express gene profiles that appear as characteristic “signatures” in hepatocellular carcinomas.

Keywords: Facultative stem cells; Hepatocellular carcinomas; Hepatocyte progenitor cells; Organoid cultures

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Pathology, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Publication date: 2006-03-01

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