Cellular mechanisms of CNS pericytes.

  title={Cellular mechanisms of CNS pericytes.},
  author={H K Rucker and H J Wynder and W. E. G. Thomas},
  journal={Brain research bulletin},
  volume={51 5},
Three major functional roles have been ascribed to pericytes associated with central nervous system microvasculature-contractility, regulation o f endothelial cell activity, and macrophage activity. A host of different cell factors and signalling agents appear to be involved with these cellular functions, some effecting the pericyte and others produced by this cell. These include neuromodulators, vasoactive peptides, metabolic factors, growth factors and cytokines. The specific compounds and… CONTINUE READING

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