Multipotent stem cells in the biliary tree.

  title={Multipotent stem cells in the biliary tree.},
  author={Vincenzo Cardinale and Yunfang Wang and Guido Carpino and Domenico Alvaro and Lola C. M. Reid and Eugenio Gaudio},
  journal={Italian journal of anatomy and embryology = Archivio italiano di anatomia ed embriologia},
  volume={115 1-2},
The biliary tree system consists of two divisions: intrahepatic bile ducts and extrahepatic bile ducts. The development of the biliary tree, and secondarily the liver, shares a common origin with ventral pancreas. A common progenitor for liver, biliary duct system, and ventral pancreas exists at early stages of development, when the anterior definitive endoderm is forming the foregut. Several studies indicate that the biliary tree contains stem cell compartments for liver, pancreas and the bile… CONTINUE READING
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