STEM CELLS

A fine balance in tendon healing

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Tendons have limited regenerative potential, and injuries often cause scarring. A study now identifies a tendon stem cell population that contributes to regeneration and a tendon fibro–adipogenic progenitor population involved in fibrosis.

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Fig. 1: A schematic of the two cell populations identified by Harvey et al. and their distinct roles in tendon healing.

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Titan, A.L., Longaker, M.T. A fine balance in tendon healing. Nat Cell Biol 21, 1466–1467 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41556-019-0432-0

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