New type of stem cells discovered by IRB Barcelona

After chemotherapy, quiescent cells change their  behaviour​, become active​ ​and regenerate all cell types in the intestine (in green). (F Barriga, IRB Barcelona)

After chemotherapy, quiescent cells change their behaviour​, become active​ ​and regenerate all cell types in the intestine (in green). (F Barriga, IRB Barcelona)


Research into a small group of passive stem cells (quiescent), which are activated when needed and have the capacity to produce any kind of intestinal cell, has received a special mention on the Health Institute website of the Carlos Slim Foundation.

Published in Cell Stem Cell and headed by Eduard Batlle at IRB Barcelona, the study identifies a group of quiescent stem cells of the intestine that are relevant for tissue regeneration and for their participation in tumour development.

Link to Carlos Slim Health Institute website