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The protein TAZ sends “mixed signals” to stem cells

The protein TAZ (green) in the cytoplasm (the region outside of the nuclei, blue) promotes the self-renewal of human embryonic stem cells. (Image by Xingliang Zhou)

Just as beauty exists in the eye of the beholder, a signal depends upon the interpretation of the receiver. According to new USC research published in Stem Cell Reports, a protein called TAZ can convey very different signals—depending upon not only which variety of stem cell, but also which part of the stem cell receives it.

To read more, visit stemcell.usc.edu/2017/08/24/the-protein-taz-sends-mixed-signals-to-stem-cells.

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