Induction of fibroblast apoptosis by anti-CD44 antibody: implications for the treatment of fibroproliferative lung disease.


Fibroblast migration and proliferation within the alveolar wall and airspace after lung injury can lead to the development of fibrosis. Fibroblast cell surface CD44 is an adhesion receptor for provisional matrix proteins and mediates fibroblast invasion into fibrin matrices. Here we show that incubation of cultured fibroblasts with an anti-CD44 monoclonal… (More)


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