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Extracellular Matrix Regulation of Stem Cell Behavior.

TitleExtracellular Matrix Regulation of Stem Cell Behavior.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsAhmed M, ffrench-Constant C
JournalCurr Stem Cell Rep
Date Published2016

Stem cells hold great promise in treating many diseases either through promoting endogenous cell repair or through direct cell transplants. In order to maximize their potential, understanding the fundamental signals and mechanisms that regulate their behavior is essential. The extracellular matrix (ECM) is one such component involved in mediating stem cell fate. Recent studies have made significant progress in understanding stem cell-ECM interactions. Technological developments have provided greater clarity in how cells may sense and respond to the ECM, in particular the physical properties of the matrix. This review summarizes recent developments, providing illustrative examples of the different modes with which the ECM controls both embryonic and adult stem cell behavior.

Alternate JournalCurr Stem Cell Rep
PubMed ID27547708
PubMed Central IDPMC4972867
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