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How winner cells cause the demise of loser cells
Cell competition causes apoptosis of suboptimal cells: Their dregs are removed by hemocytes, thus preserving tissue homeostasis
Article first published online: 4 FEB 2013
Copyright © 2013 WILEY Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 35, Issue 4, pages 348–353, April 2013
How to Cite
Lolo, F.-N., Tintó, S. C. and Moreno, E. (2013), How winner cells cause the demise of loser cells. Bioessays, 35: 348–353. doi: 10.1002/bies.201200156
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 4 FEB 2013
- cell competition;
- loser cells;
- winner cells
Recent results show that, during the process known as cell competition, winner cells identify and kill viable cells from a growing population without requiring engulfment. The engulfment machinery is mainly required in circulating macrophages (hemocytes) after the discrimination between winners and losers is completed and the losers have been killed and extruded from the epithelium. Those new results leave us with the question as to which molecules allow winner cells to recognize and impose cell death on the loser cells during cell competition.