Bone Marrow-Derived Hepatocytes

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Several independent reports have demonstrated that bone marrow cells can give rise to different hepatic epithelial cells types, including oval cells, hepatocytes and duct epithelium. These observations have resulted in the hypothesis that bone marrow resident stem cells, specifically haematopoietic stem cells, are an important source for liver epithelial cell replacement, particularly during chronic injury. However, the bulk of published data on the role of bone marrow stem cells in liver damage suggest that they do not play a significant physiological role in replacement of epithelial cells in any known form of hepatic injury. Fully functional bone marrow-derived hepatocytes indeed exist, but are extremely rare and are generated by cell fusion, not stem cell differentiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStem Cells
Subtitle of host publicationNuclear Reprogramming and Therapeutic Applications
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780470091456
ISBN (Print)0470091436, 9780470091432
StatePublished - Oct 7 2008


  • Bone marrow resident stem cells
  • Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) patients
  • Bone marrow-derived hepatocyte
  • Cell fusion
  • Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH)
  • Granulocyte/macrophage progenitors (GMPs)
  • Haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) and KLTS cell
  • Haematopoietic system
  • Hepatic oval cells
  • Specialized endodermal stem cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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