What are some examples of unipotent cells?

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Oct 19, 2014

Cell potency is a cell's ability to differentiate into other cell types. The more cell types a cell can differentiate into, the greater its potency.

A unipotent cell is the concept that one stem cell has the capacity to differentiate into only one cell type.
But, it is currently unclear if true unipotent stem cells exist.

But here is one example:
Skin cells are one of the most abundant types of unipotent stem cells. The epithelium is the outermost tissue layer, which in itself has a top layer of dead epithelial cells. By taking a portion of a patient's own undamaged skin stem cells, sheets of skin can be developed for transplanting over burned areas of the patient's body.