Press release | Stem cells
Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, CEA and CNRS have discovered that the immediate environment of stem cells can have a strong influence on the fate of their descendants. The researchers observed that the forces applied to stem cells during division influenced the likelihood that these dividing cells would produce two new stem cells, one stem cell and one specialized cell, or even two specialized cells. This study has major implications for the therapeutic use of stem cells: it suggests that, by controlling the composition and conditions in the microenvironment of the niche, it is possible to reproduce and retain stem cell properties in culture for subsequent use in transplants to repair damaged tissues.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.