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Cell Stem Cell. 2010 Jul 2;7(1):36-41. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2010.06.012.

MicroRNAs as regulators of differentiation and cell fate decisions.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, University of California San Francisco, 1650 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA.


Unique expression domains, targets, and gain- and loss-of-function phenotypes of particular microRNAs have important implications for directed differentiation of stem cell populations and suppression of undesired cell types. We discuss this emerging topic, in part using muscle differentiation as a paradigm, and highlight common themes and unique modalities by which microRNAs exert their lineage-promoting or differentiation effects on multiple tissues.

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