IL-4-induced macrophage-derived IGF-I protects myofibroblasts from apoptosis following growth factor withdrawal.


The development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is associated with myofibroblast accumulation and collagen deposition in the lung parenchyma. Recent studies have suggested that the fibroproliferative response is associated with immune deviation toward a T helper cell type 2 (Th2) cytokine profile. In addition, myofibroblast accumulation may be the… (More)


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