Q:Define Quiescence

Mr. Chirag Joshi chirag at cge.iisc.ernet.in
Wed Jun 17 08:27:34 EST 1998


What would be a most scientific definition of quiescence? Do cells
essentially need to be in G0 phase, do they essentially need to have
capacity to resume growth? Does ALL metabolic activity necessarily be

More specifically, could one call a cell popultion, which is neither
growing (proliferating), nor differentiating or dying, a quiscent
population (cells not predominatly in G0)? 

Any inputs appreciated. TIA,

Chirag V. Joshi
Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560 012, India

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Email : chirag at cge.iisc.ernet.in

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