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Model systems for regeneration: Xenopus.

Phipps LS , Marshall L , Dorey K , Amaya E .

Understanding how to promote organ and appendage regeneration is a key goal of regenerative medicine. The frog, Xenopus, can achieve both scar-free healing and tissue regeneration during its larval stages, although it predominantly loses these abilities during metamorphosis and adulthood. This transient regenerative capacity, alongside their close evolutionary relationship with humans, makes Xenopus an attractive model to uncover the mechanisms underlying functional regeneration. Here, we present an overview of Xenopus as a key model organism for regeneration research and highlight how studies of Xenopus have led to new insights into the mechanisms governing regeneration.

PubMed ID: 32193208
Article link: Development
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Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: ilf2 lef1 notch1 shh sox2 sox3 tgfb1 tp63
GO keywords: regeneration [+]

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