G0 phase

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The G0 phase is a stage of the cell cycle. Cells enter the G0 phase when the extracellular conditions are not optimal forcing the cell into a resting state where it does not divide[1]. Cells can remain in this state for an indefinite amount of time until conditions improve and stimulate growth via a signal sent that instructs the cell to re-enter the cell cycle[2]. This is very common for differentiated cells[3].

References:

  1. Alberts et al (2008) Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th Edition, Garland Science
  2. Hardin J, Bertoni G, Becker WM, Kliensmith LJ. Becker's world of the cell. 8th ed. San Francisco: Pearson; 2012.
  3. Alberts et al (2008) Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th Edition, Garland Science
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