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The ability of a cell to differentiate into a limited number of cell types or into closely related family of cells.


Progenitor cells show multipotency in a way that they can give rise to many but limited types of cell. For example, a hematopoietic cell can give rise to several types of blood cells but not into brain cells or other types of cells.

Word origin: multi- » Latin multus, much, many + -potence » from Latin potentia, power, capacity.
Related forms: multipotent (adjective).

Compare: unipotence, pluripotence, totipotence.
See also: potency.

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... formation especially in embryonic stem cells, fetal proper stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells. Fetal proper stem cells form tumors despite multipotency. Immune rejection The human body attacks cells that come from non-self sources, and since most stem cell treatments come from non-self ...

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by Sumanth001
Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Stem Cells
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