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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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What is ES Cell Based Gene Overexpression?

ES Cell is the abbreviation form of Embryonic stem cell. As far as I know, ES Cells are usually pluripotent stem cells. They are derived from the inner cell mass of a blastocyst. ES Cells have the ability to differentiate into any cell type and by their ability to propagate. ...

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by AmyCollins
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:53 am
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Topic: What is ES Cell Based Gene Overexpression?
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An Overview of Embryonic Stem Cells

... Embryonic carcinoma (EC) cell lines derived from the undifferentiated compartment of murine and human germ cell tumours were the first established pluripotent cell lines. These cells could be expanded continuously in culture and could also be induced to differentiate into derivatives of all three ...

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by 2444256703
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: An Overview of Embryonic Stem Cells
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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
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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
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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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