colony-forming unit

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colony-forming unit

a unit of cells in bone marrow capable of generating or increasing the proliferation of new blood cells.
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col·o·ny-form·ing u·nit

(CFU) (kol'ŏ-nē-fōrm'ing yū'nit)
1. A stem cell in culture capable of proliferating and differentiating into more mature cells. If the CFU is committed to a specific cell line, it is designated by an additional letter to indicate its commitment; e.g., CFU-E is committed to erythroid maturation; CFU-GM is committed to granulocyte-monocyte maturation.
2. Term used in microbiology to designate a colony formed from a single bacterium or fungus.
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When blood supply to the heart is blocked during a heart attack, cardiac colony-forming unit fibroblasts replace damaged tissue with collagen-based scar tissue.
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These cells are called cardiac colony-forming unit fibroblasts (cCFU-Fs).
For the study, published in the journal Heart Lung and Circulation, researchers used mouse models to investigate the impact of 1,25D -- a form of Vitamin D that interacts with hormones -- on the cardiac colony-forming unit fibroblasts (cCFU-Fs)cells that form scar tissue after a heart attack.
Caption: Figure 2: Results of colony-forming unit (CFU) assay and cell proliferation analysis.
The only cell functionality test presently used in this field, especially for umbilical cord blood transplantation, is the colony-forming unit (CFU) assay, which is subjective, non-validated and has been used since the early 1970s.
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The most common functional in vitro assay currently available for prediction of engraftment is the so-called colony-forming unit (CFU) assay in which cells are cultivated in a semiviscous methyl cellulose media enriched with various haematopoietic growth factors [11].
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