Identification and initial characterization of spore-like cells in adult mammals.

  title={Identification and initial characterization of spore-like cells in adult mammals.},
  author={Martin P. Vacanti and Arnab Roy and Joaquin Cortiella and Lawrence J. Bonassar and Charles A. Vacanti},
  journal={Journal of cellular biochemistry},
  volume={80 3},
We describe the identification and initial characterization of a novel cell type that seems to be present in all tissues. To date we have isolated what we term "spore-like cells" based on the characteristics described below. They are extremely small, in the range of less than 5 microm, and appear to lie dormant and to be dispersed throughout the parenchyma of virtually every tissue in the body. Being dormant, they survive in extremely low oxygen environments, as evidenced by their viability in… CONTINUE READING
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