Biology of the renal pericyte.

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Pericytes are cells of mesenchymal origin that are intimately involved in the development and stabilization of vascular networks. Novel studies of their role in inflammation have identified that pericytes are not only major contributors to the activated matrix depositing myofibroblast populations seen in progressive renal fibrosis but perhaps even more importantly, the detachment of renal pericytes from the vasculature contributes to the microvasculature rarefaction and subsequent hypoxia associated with chronic kidney disease. In this review, our current understanding of the functioning of renal pericytes will be considered and set in the context of the wider literature that is currently available on this neglected population of cells.


Original languageEnglish
JournalNephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2012