Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fun Fact: Not All Daughter Cells Are the Same

B lymphocytes, after interacting with T cells, divided into daughter cells that eventually form antibodies. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently discovered that B lymphocyte do not divide into equal daughter cells, they differ in the proteins they inherit. This is thought to lead to the different types of B lymphocytes, including the ones that produce specific antibodies. The team also have found three proteins involved which are all segregated to one side of cell plane during division, Bcl6, interleukin-21, and atypical PKC. Read more about it here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111215141623.htm

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