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Simulation of cell proliferation in mouse oral epithelium, and the action of epidermal growth factor: Evidence for a high degree of synchronization of the stem cells

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Computer simulation has been carried out to help to determine the cell-proliferative mechanisms underlying data gathered from a double-labelling experiment on the dorsal tongue of the mouse. Good fits to the data have been obtained by assuming that there is a high degree of synchrony in the stem cells, which have a 24-h cell cycle time, and that daughters of these cells undergo two further divisions, with mean cell cycle times of 48 h, before differentiating. This results in one-seventh of proliferative cells being stem cells, which ties in well with the concept of epidermal proliferative units. There is no need to assume that S-phase duration changes diurnally. The administration of epidermal growth factor seems to increase the degree of synchrony. In such systems, the influx to S-phase and the efflux from it have very sudden short peaks, which it is impossible to observe unless observations are taken very frequently. There are therefore implications for the designs of experiments that attempt to study diurnal rhythms or the effect of factors that disturb the normal proliferative pattern of cells.

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Author(s): Thomson PJ; Appleton DR; Donaghey CE; Potten CS; McGurk M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cell Proliferation

Year: 2002

Volume: 35

Issue: 1

Pages: 68-77

ISSN (print): 0960-7722

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2184

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2184.35.s1.7.x

PubMed id: 12139709


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