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These cells are found in the liver after extensive tissue injury and appear to constitute a kind of hepatic stem cell or commited progenitor cell type that can differentiate into hepatocytes and cholangiocytes (Lowes et al, 2003). These cells therefore are bipotential transit amplifying cells (Alison et al, 2004). See also: hepatoblasts.
For related information of interest see also: Cell types, Cell lines in Cytokine Research, Cell culture.
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