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Keyword - Differentiation (KW-0221)

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Definition

Protein involved in differentiation, the developmental process of a multicellular organism by which cells become specialized for particular functions. Differentiation requires selective expression of the genome; the fully differentiated state may be preceded by a stage in which the cell is already programmed for differentiation but is not yet expressing the characteristic phenotype determination. Also used for fungal conidiation proteins, and for some bacteria that present specialization of function in cell types, such as Caulobacter crescentus.

Synonyms

  • Cell differentiation

Category

Biological process

GOi

cell differentiation [ GO:0030154 ]

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DifferentiationBiological process