totipotent cell


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to·tip·o·tent cell

an undifferentiated cell capable of developing into any type of body cell.

totipotent cell

An undifferentiated embryonic cell that has the potential to develop into any type of cell.
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They describe current attempts to isolate the totipotent cells found in stem cell cultures, which involve manipulating gene networks or intercellular signaling pathways.
Another form of ANT, known as "oocyte-assisted reprogramming" (ANT-OAR), involves the activation of genes that are expressed in pluripotent cells, but not in totipotent cells.
In his appendix, Michael Gazzaniga describes the distinction between pluripotent and totipotent cells as arbitrary.
Two major advances in stem cell research occurring in 2013 and 2014 pave the way for eventual mitochondrial replacement therapy: (1) successful cloning of a human to the blastocyst stage of development, and (2) transformation of specialized mouse, somatic cells into totipotent cells.
Immature embryos are highly regenerative as they contain embryogenic totipotent cells (Zale et al.
This includes totipotent cells (which appear after fusion of gametes) and unfertilized ova into which a cell nucleus has been inserted or whose division has been stimulated by parthenogenesis and the blastocyte.
Pluripotent stem cells are the descendants of totipotent cells and can differentiate into nearly all cells.
The therapeutic benefit of these totipotent cells is heralded by the moral and ethical concerns as extracting stem cells from embryo destroys the embryo itself.
The idea of Wharton's jelly as a source of primitive cell types, was based on the low levels of collagen expressed in gelatinous connective tissue and the fact that, during embryogenesis, totipotent cells, such as primordial germ cells and haematopoetic stem cells, migrate from the yolk sac through this region to populate target tissues in the embryo and foetus.