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Term:
phenotypic switching (GO:0036166)
Annotations: Rat: (7) Mouse: (7) Human: (8) Chinchilla: (8) Bonobo: (8) Dog: (8) Squirrel: (8)
Parent Terms Term With Siblings Child Terms
cellular process +     
actin filament-based process +   
cell activation +   
cell adhesion molecule production +   
cell communication +   
cell competition in a multicellular organism  
cell cycle +   
cell cycle checkpoint +   
cell cycle process +   
cell death +   
cell division +   
cell growth +   
cell recognition +   
cell wall organization or biogenesis +   
cell-cell fusion +   
cellular component organization +   
cellular detoxification +   
cellular developmental process +   
cellular homeostasis +   
cellular metabolic process +   
cellular pigmentation +   
cellular process involved in reproduction in multicellular organism +   
cellular response to stimulus +   
chromosome segregation +   
contact inhibition +   
cytolysis +   
DNA clamp unloading  
ensheathment of neurons +   
establishment or maintenance of cell polarity +   
establishment or maintenance of cell type involved in phenotypic switching 
execution phase of apoptosis +   
execution phase of necroptosis 
exocytic process +   
gene silencing +   
intercellular transport +   
intermediate filament-based process +   
light absorption +   
maintenance of location in cell +   
membrane docking +   
microtubule-based process +   
movement of cell or subcellular component +   
multi-organism cellular process +   
negative regulation of cellular process +   
phenotypic switching +   
A reversible switch of a cell from one cell type or form to another, at a frequency above the expected frequency for somatic mutations. Phenotypic switching involves changes in cell morphology and altered gene expression patterns. For example, Candida albicans switches from white cells to opaque cells for sexual mating. Phenotypic switching also occurs in multicellular organisms; smooth muscle cells (SMCs) exhibit phenotypic transitions to allow rapid adaption to fluctuating environmental cues.
plasmid maintenance +  
positive regulation of cellular process +   
process utilizing autophagic mechanism +   
protein folding +   
protein unfolding  
regulation of cellular process +   
RNA folding +   
secretion by cell +   
septum digestion after cytokinesis +  
signal maturation +   
signal transduction +   
stomatal movement +  
syncytium formation +   
transposition +   
vesicle targeting +   

Synonyms
Related Synonyms: phenotypic dimorphism
Definition Sources: GOC:bf, GOC:di, PMID:12443899, PMID:22406749, PMID:8456504, Wikipedia:Phenotypic_switching

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