Developmental Biology & Disease Mechanisms

Somatic Stem Cells of the Heart

Georg Weitzer
Group Leader

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Phone: +43-1-4277-61717
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In recent years, numerous groups provided compelling evidence for the existence of somatic stem cells in the heart of different mammalian species.  Stem cells and progenitor cells are supposed to exist in niches, where they remain in an undifferentiated and quasi-dormant state until external signals stimulate commitment and differentiation to specific somatic cells which may contribute to the repair or maintenance of homeostasis of an organ. Mimicking a stem cell niche of