Pericyte biology and diseases.

  title={Pericyte biology and diseases.},
  author={Sho-ichi Yamagishi and Tsutomu Imaizumi},
  journal={International journal of tissue reactions},
  volume={27 3},
Microvessels are composed of two types of cells: endothelial cells and pericytes. Pericytes are elongated cells of mesodermal origin that partially surround the endothelial cells of small vessels. As pericytes contain contractile muscle filaments on their endothelial cell side, they have long been regarded as just microvascular counterparts of smooth muscle cells, thus being implicated in the regulation of capillary tone. However recent understanding of pericyte biology suggests that pericytes… CONTINUE READING


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