Regulation of somatic stem cell proliferation is critical for the maintenance of tissue and organ function throughout the body. Modulators of this process include nutrients and peptides, but the role of an autonomic neural influence on stem cell proliferation has been neglected. This article describes the literature in support of autonomic nervous system (ANS) influence on somatic stem cells, with emphasis on intestinal epithelial stem cells (IESCs) as a representative somatic stem cell. Based on the current available data, models for the direct influence of both branches of the ANS (the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems) on IESCs are outlined. Finally, the prospect of treatments derived from ANS influence on somatic stem cells is explored.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology|
|State||Published - Jan 2019|
- Intestinal epithelium
- Stem cell
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physiology (medical)