Zaret K S, Grompe M. Generation and regeneration of cells of the liver and pancreas. Science, 2008

Epigenetics and Progenitor Cells Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA.
Science (Impact Factor: 33.61). 01/2009; 322(5907):1490-4. DOI: 10.1126/science.1161431
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Liver and pancreas progenitors develop from endoderm cells in the embryonic foregut. Shortly after their specification, liver and pancreas progenitors rapidly acquire markedly different cellular functions and regenerative capacities. These changes are elicited by inductive signals and genetic regulatory factors that are highly conserved among vertebrates. Interest in the development and regeneration of the organs has been fueled by the intense need for hepatocytes and pancreatic beta cells in the therapeutic treatment of liver failure and type I diabetes. Studies in diverse model organisms have revealed evolutionarily conserved inductive signals and transcription factor networks that elicit the differentiation of liver and pancreatic cells and provide guidance for how to promote hepatocyte and beta cell differentiation from diverse stem and progenitor cell types.

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    • "However, given the ability of progenitor-derived cells to express characteristic hepatocyte genes in vitro, we surmised that this population contained (and retained) meaningful differentiation potential. The pancreas and liver share developmental origins (Kawaguchi, 2013; Zaret and Grompe, 2008) and the ductal epithelial cells in these adult organs have similar functions and morphological appearance. The appearance of hepatocyte-like cells in the pancreata of rats fed a copper-deficient diet (Rao et al., 1986) illustrates the potential for transdifferentiation between cell types from these organs. "

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    • "The EHBD system, the liver and the ventral pancreas develop from the posterior ventral foregut endoderm (Shiojiri, 1997; Zaret and Grompe, 2008; Tremblay and Zaret, 2005). However, the cell-intrinsic factors responsible for IHBD and EHBD system specification are unclear. "
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    • "Based on in vitro studies, ultrastructural analyses, and cell transplantation assays, ADCs have been proposed to function as bipotent facultative stem cells, giving rise to both hepatocytes and BECs, during toxin-mediated liver injury, although this issue is controversial (Españ ol-Suñ er et al., 2012; Fausto and Campbell , 2003; Friedman and Kaestner, 2011; Furuyama et al., 2011; Huch et al., 2013; Malato et al., 2011; Zaret and Grompe, 2008). Furthermore, adult hepatocytes exhibit significant plasticity in vivo, a phenomenon that may give the appearance of stem-cell-mediated differentiation (Michalopoulos et al., 2005; Tanimizu et al., 2014; Yanger et al., 2013). "
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