Evidence of the fusion of stem and muscle cells. In this experiment, human mesenchymal stem cells, which in this case produce a green fluorescent dye, are being cultivated together with muscle cells derived from mice. The picture shows the result of the fusion. In the fused cells, there is evidence of both the stem cell (in green dye), and typical muscle cell protein (red and partially orange because of the overlap of the two colours). The product of the fusion contains both, cell nuclei from the mouse (in blue) and from the human cell (indicated by the arrow). These nuclei can be distinguished by size, and the weak blue-colouring of the mouse nuclei.
Credit: Image : Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research
Embryonic and adult stem cells are thought to become a chance for new therapeutic approaches, making the regeneration of damaged tissue and organs possible. An increasing line of indications suggests that these cells may have the potential to repair damaged tissue.
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