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Keywords:

  • cancer;
  • quiescence;
  • stem cell

Abstract

It is generally accepted that a distinguishing property of stem cells (SCs), as compared to their more differentiated progenitors, is that of infrequent division, often referred to as ‘quiescence’. As regards hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), their resistance to antiproliferative drugs supports this notion. Maintenance of quiescence is thought to be critical for the preservation of HSCs' function.