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Kidney pericytes: A novel therapeutic target in interstitial fibrosis.
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PMID:  23059881     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Chronic Kidney Disease affects approximately 8% of the population and contributes considerably to premature morbidity and mortality. Recently reported studies have highlighted an important role for resident microvascular pericytes in the pathogenesis of kidney fibrosis. Pericytes are emerging as the predominant source of the activated, matrix depositing, stromal cell population seen in progressive fibrosis. Further, pericyte activation leads to their detachment from the vasculature, triggers unstable microvasculature and leads to rarefaction. Strategies to modulate pericyte function in these processes are therefore therapeutically attractive. In this review we will first describe our current understanding of the structure and function of the pericyte and the role these cells play in angiogenesis and the pathogenesis of renal fibrosis. Novel therapeutic approaches targeting pericytes in murine models of renal disease will then be considered.
S W Smith; C Schrimpf; D J Parekh; M Venkatachalam; J S Duffield
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Histology and histopathology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1699-5848     ISO Abbreviation:  Histol. Histopathol.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8609357     Medline TA:  Histol Histopathol     Country:  Spain    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1503-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Renal research group, Institute of Biomedical Research, University of Birmingham, UK.
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