Muscle stem cells (also called satellite cells or SCs) rely on their local niche for regulatory signals during homeostasis and regeneration. While a number of cell types communicate indirectly through secreted factors, here we focus on the significance of direct contact between SCs and their neighbors. During quiescence, SCs reside under a basal lamina and receive quiescence-promoting signals from their adjacent skeletal myofibers. Upon injury, the composition of the niche changes substantially, enabling the formation of new contacts that mediate proliferation, self-renewal, and differentiation. In this review, we summarize the latest work in understanding cell–cell contact within the satellite cell niche and highlight areas of open questions for future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-83
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Cell Biology
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Cadherin
  • Cell adhesion
  • Muscle stem cell
  • Notch pathway
  • Satellite cell
  • Skeletal muscle
  • Stem cell niche


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