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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2005 Jul;6(7):567-75.

Biological implications of cell fusion.

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Transplantation Biology and the Department of Physiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.

Abstract

Until recently, cells were thought to be integral and discrete components of tissues, and their state was determined by cell differentiation. However, under some conditions, stem cells or their progeny can fuse with cells of other types, mixing cytoplasmic and even genetic material of different (heterotypic) origins. The fusion of heterotypic cells could be of central importance for development, repair of tissues and the pathogenesis of disease.

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15957005
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10.1038/nrm1678
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