Macrophages Generate Pericytes in the Developing Brain

@article{Prazeres2017MacrophagesGP,
  title={Macrophages Generate Pericytes in the Developing Brain},
  author={Pedro H.D.M. Prazeres and Viviani M Almeida and Luiza Lousado and Julia Peres Andreotti and Ana E. Paiva and Gabryella S. P. Santos and Patrick O. Azevedo and Luanny Souto and Greg{\'o}rio Guilherme Almeida and Renato Filev and Akiva Mintz and Ricardo Franci Gonçalves and Alexander Birbrair},
  journal={Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology},
  year={2017},
  volume={38},
  pages={777-782}
}
Pericytes are defined by their anatomical location encircling blood vessels' walls with their long projections. The exact embryonic sources of cerebral pericytes remain poorly understood, especially because of their recently revealed diversity. Yamamoto et al. (Sci Rep 7(1):3855, 2017) using state-of-the-art techniques, including several transgenic mice models, reveal that a subpopulation of brain pericytes are derived from phagocytic macrophages during vascular development. This work… CONTINUE READING

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