Apoptosis and myofibroblasts in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis.

Abstract

Tissue fibrosis is the result of a complex series of events focusing on regulation of fibroblast proliferation, synthesis of extracellular matrix, and apoptosis. Transforming growth factor-beta is important for the stimulation of the fibrotic response by promoting the production of extracellular matrix proteins, by promoting the differentiation of the… (More)

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