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Transfus Med Hemother. 2008;35(3):154-159. Epub 2008 May 21.

Characteristics of Mesenchymal Stem Cells - New Stars in Regenerative Medicine or Unrecognized Old Fellows in Autologous Regeneration?

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Institute of Clinical and Experimental Transfusion Medicine, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany.


For years mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been in the focus of research in the emerging field of regenerative medicine. Due to the heterogeneity of cells with MSC-like properties their comprehensive characterization is necessary. In the following, issues of nomenclature, basic characterization, sources, sternness, and therapeutic potential of MSC are discussed, highlighting some aspects in the rapidly expanding field of MSC research.

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