Proline Triggers Mouse Stem Cell Differentiation... | January 3, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 1 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 89 Issue 1 | p. 24 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 3, 2011

Proline Triggers Mouse Stem Cell Differentiation...

Researchers discover a first for an amino acid: Proline triggers embryonic stem cells to differentiate into neural cells
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: stem cells, proline, differentiation, nerve cells

Australian researchers have discovered a first for an amino acid: Proline can trigger mouse embryonic stem cells to differentiate into cells that form neural tissue. To find possible disease treatments and to learn more about embryonic development, biologists search for conditions that can coax stem cells to transform into different tissue types. Previously, scientists had found that mouse embryonic stem cells grown in a broth called MEDII become precursors to nerve cells. When

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