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branchiomeric craniofacial muscles

Monday 7 January 2008

Branchiomeric craniofacial muscles differ from all other skeletal muscles with respect to embryological origin, motor innervation and upstream activators of myogenesis.

A striking juxtaposition and overlapping genetic program of craniofacial skeletal muscle progenitor cells with a population of cells give rise to cardiac muscle.

The divergent myogenic fates of adjacent progenitor cells revealed by these data provide a new framework for the study of craniofacial myogenesis.


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