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2013-03-08 12:14:29

Johns Hopkins study provides key insight into how cells fuse Researchers at Johns Hopkins have established a high-efficiency cell-cell fusion system, providing a new model to study how fusion works. The scientists showed that fusion between two cells is not equal and mutual as some assumed, but, rather, is initiated and driven by one of the fusion partners. The discovery, they say, could lead to improved treatments for muscular dystrophy, since muscle regeneration relies on cell fusion to...

2011-12-14 11:49:04

Jamb and Jamc are essential proteins for the fusion of muscle cells Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have discovered two proteins that are essential for the fusion of muscle cells to build muscle fibers. Their discovery might help us better understand and treat illnesses such as muscle-wasting disorders and diseases of bone over-growth, in which cellular fusion is an important feature. Cellular fusion is necessary to form larger cells that have specific functions...

2011-02-16 15:25:36

Muscle, aptly enough, is born of cellular bullying, and not mutual consent. In fact, according to new research from Johns Hopkins, the fusion of muscle cells is a power struggle that involves a smaller mobile antagonist that points at, pokes and finally pushes into its larger, stationary partner using a newly identified finger-like projection. In a report published Nov. 29 in the Journal of Cell Biology, the researchers described experiments using fruit fly embryos to identify an invasive...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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