Medicine:Homing (hematopoietic)

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Homing is the phenomenon whereby cells migrate to the organ of their origin. By homing, transplanted hematopoietic cells are able to travel to and engraft or establish residence in the bone marrow. Various chemokines[1] and receptors[2] are involved in the homing of hematopoietic stem cells.[3]



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