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Capable of affecting many cells, organs or tissues.

(biology) Pertaining to the ability of a cell to differentiate into many cell types.


Examples of pluripotent cells are stem cells in animals and meristematic cells in higher plants.

Pluripotent stem cells came from totipotent cells. They can differentiate into various fetal or adult cells.

Word origin: Latin pluri, many + potent, have power, to be able.
Related forms: pluripotency (noun)

Compare: unipotent, totipotent, multipotent.
See also: potent.

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Stem Cells

Shaanu, stem cells are pluripotent i.e., they can give rise to all of the body cells derived from the three germ layers but it cant give rise to a new organism. They have varied uses these days in case of tissue loss or a very bad injury ...

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by Sumanth001
Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Stem Cells
Replies: 5
Views: 4919

Re: adult stem cells, differentiated cells and proliferation

... - meaning they can differentiate into any of the somatic cells of the organism. Adult stem cells however have lost some of their potency and are Pluripotent- They can only differentiate into the three germ layers, Ectoderm, mesoderm (if present) and Endoderm. I suggest you look up the Cell cycle ...

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by Amphibitile
Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:11 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: adult stem cells, differentiated cells and proliferation
Replies: 2
Views: 2317

Re: DNA methylation

... This patterning in promoter methylation transfers to the next generation when a cell divides, but is reset to nil in the zygote, thus allowing pluripotent capability which would obviously be damaging to a developed organism in most cases but prevents possibly useful development e.g. amputated ...

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by merv
Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: DNA methylation
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Views: 6926

Book on iPS (induced pluripotent stem cells) 2ndYr BioStu

i would like to read about iPS in more detail. All the books i have found so far are either to basic or too advanced for my level of knowledge. I am a 2nd year biology student. I would really like some recommendations

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by Awol
Tue May 31, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Book on iPS (induced pluripotent stem cells) 2ndYr BioStu
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Views: 1044

Fetal stem cells

... old embroys' (?) or fetuses' primordial germ cells, thus also called embryonic germ cells (EG cells); under appropriate conditions they can be pluripotent like embryonic stem cells ... im very confused, can somebody help me please?

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by bananaboat
Sat May 28, 2011 12:43 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Fetal stem cells
Replies: 0
Views: 1480
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