Researchers Identify Active Stem Cells in “Resting Zone” of Cartilage

November 2, 2018

(News Medical) – Skeletal stem cells are of interest to researchers because they are thought to be able to heal bone injuries. However, they are difficult to locate because scientists are unsure what they look like or where they reside. As reported in the journal Nature, Noriaki Ono and colleagues have found skeletal cells that meet the criteria for stem cells in the “resting zone” of a cartilaginous tissue called the epiphyseal growth plate. Ono says that finding these cells in the resting zone supports the widely shared belief that stem cells remain inactive until they are needed.

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