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Baylor College of Medicine researchers determine that feedback loop maintains basal cell population

  • Posted: November 2, 2012

Notch -- the protein that can help determine cell fate -- maintains a stable population of basal cells in the prostate through a positive feedback loop system with another key protein TGF beta (transforming growth factor beta), said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

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