A cell type with the potential for making the four major types of human tissue has been found in the stomach and small intestine by a Medical College of Georgia researcher.
Dr. Paul Sohal, developmental biologist at the Medical College of Georgia, is exploring the potential for a possible new cell type hes found that is capable of making all four of the major human tissues.
A cross section through the small intestine of a chick embryo showing VENT cells giving rise to the enteric nervous system (blue cells).
These VENT cells have been found in addition to the three sources of cells typically associated with gastrointestinal development, says Dr. Paul Sohal, MCG developmental biologist, who first identified these cells nearly a decade ago.
Identification of VENT - ventrally emigrating neural tube - cells within the stomach and small intestine is another piece in Dr. Sohals effort to fully define and describe the cells that he first found migrating out from the neural tube of a chick embryo.
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