Sunday, January 21, 2018

Not just a stem cell marker

The protein CD34 is predominantly regarded as a marker of blood-forming stem cells but it helps with migration to the bone marrow too.

​A protein used to identify blood-forming cells is much more than a mere surface marker. A KAUST study shows that this protein, known as CD34, also plays a key role in binding adhesion molecules in the bone marrow.

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Image: Cells without CD34 (above) lack the tentacle-like extensions (red arrows below) that help cells bind to adhesion molecules in the bone marrow.

© 2017 Jasmeen Merzaban