Track topics on Twitter Track topics that are important to you
Where fat cells originate, exactly, has been less than clear. Yes, fat cells have their precursors, such as adipogenic stem cells, but these tend to hide in the stromal vascular fraction, a shadowy region where cells of different types are hard to distinguish. To shine a bright light on stromal cells, scientists based at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ) resorted to a technique called single-cell transcriptomics, which allowed them to identify several stromal cell subpopulations, including a subpopulation that inhibits the formation of fat. This reclusive subpopulation consists of cells the EPFL/ETHZ team calls adipogenesis-regulatory cells, or Aregs. These scientists, who found Aregs first in the fat tissue of mice, and then in human fat, hope that they can be harnessed to modulate the plasticity of human adipose tissue. In the long run, this could improve our ability to control obesity ...
Original Article: Fat Cell Suppressor Emerges from the Stromal ShadowsNEXT ARTICLE
Track and monitor developments in stem cell research and commercial development. Follow the tabs above to read the latest global news, research, clinical trials on stem cells and follow companies active in the stem cell industry. BioPort...
Blood is a specialized bodily fluid that delivers necessary substances to the body's cells (in animals) – such as nutrients and oxygen – and transports waste products away from those same cells. In vertebrates, it is composed of blo...