nurse cell


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nurse cell

a cell that transfers nutrients to an oocyte via a cytoplasmic bridge. Compare Sertoli cell.

nurse cell

Haematology
A macrophage of erythroblastic islands in the bone marrow, which is involved in erythrophagocytosis, iron storage and transfer.

Parasitology
A histiocyte or other phagocyte that serves as a nursery for the bradyzoites of Toxoplasma gondii, which may affect immune-compromised patients or infants.

Pathology
A skeletal muscle cell that the larvae of Trichinella spiralis modify to create an intracellular environment suitable for their own survival and later encystation.
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The stem cell hooks onto the nurse cell tightly, in a process Zon likens to early "attachment" of an infant to its mother.
Previous studies, all done in the laboratory, had suggested that macrophages in the bone marrow act as nurse cells for erythroblasts, which are RBC precursors.
Woodruff said that the discovery would enable researchers to understand how nurse cells (granulosa cells), the cells that support and surround the maturing egg, communicate with the egg.