Hedgehog signaling maintains resident hepatic progenitors throughout life.

@article{Sicklick2006HedgehogSM,
  title={Hedgehog signaling maintains resident hepatic progenitors throughout life.},
  author={Jason Sicklick and Yinxiong Li and Alaa Melhem and Eva Schmelzer and Marzena Zdanowicz and Jiawen Huang and M. A. Cabajo Caballero and Jeff H Fair and John W. Ludlow and Randall E. McClelland and Lola C. M. Reid and Anna Mae Diehl},
  journal={American journal of physiology. Gastrointestinal and liver physiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={290 5},
  pages={G859-70}
}
Hedgehog signaling through its receptor, Patched, activates transcription of genes, including Patched, that regulate the fate of various progenitors. Although Hedgehog signaling is required for endodermal commitment and hepatogenesis, the possibility that it regulates liver turnover in adults had not been considered because mature liver epithelial cells lack Hedgehog signaling. Herein, we show that this pathway is essential throughout life for maintaining hepatic progenitors. Patched-expressing… CONTINUE READING

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