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Single-cell dynamics of the proliferation-quiescence decision.

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Host: Viji Draviam

Tissue homeostasis in metazoans is regulated by transitions of cells between quiescence and proliferation. The hallmark of proliferating populations is progression through the cell cycle, which is driven by Cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) activity. I will discuss our recent development of a live-cell sensor for CDK2 activity and the finding that proliferating cells bifurcate into two populations as they exit mitosis. Some cells immediately commit to the next cell cycle by building up CDK2 activity from an intermediate level, while other cells lack CDK2 activity and enter a transient state of quiescence. This bifurcation is directly controlled by the CDK inhibitor p21 and is regulated by mitogens during a restriction window at the end of the previous cell cycle. We are currently exploring the role of cell stress in controlling this bifurcation in an attempt to uncover the root cause of this striking divergence in cell fate.

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