A stromal address code defined by fibroblasts

Rheumatology Research Group, Institute of Biomedical Research, MRC Center for Immune Regulation, University of Birmingham, UK, B15 2TT.
Trends in Immunology (Impact Factor: 10.4). 04/2005; 26(3):150-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.it.2004.11.014
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To navigate into and within tissues, leukocytes require guidance cues that enable them to recognize which tissues to enter and which to avoid. Such cues are partly provided at the time of extravasation from blood by an endothelial address code on the luminal surface of the vascular endothelium. Here, we review the evidence that fibroblasts help define an additional stromal address code that directs leukocyte behaviour within tissues. We examine how this stromal code regulates site-specific leukocyte accumulation, differentiation and survival in a variety of physiological stromal niches, and how the aberrant expression of components of this code in the wrong tissue at the wrong time contributes to the persistence of chronic inflammatory diseases.

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    • "Interestingly, homeobox (HOX) gene expression was differentially expressed according to the location where the fibroblasts were isolated. These data suggest that the geneexpression profile of adult fibroblasts may play a significant role in assigning positional identity within an organism and has lent support to the proposal of a stromal address code that can direct leukocyte behaviour (Parsonage et al., 2005). "

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    • "Fibroblasts isolated from different tissues display similar morphology but exhibit diverse functional properties. For example, the capacity of fibroblasts from different anatomical sites to migrate or express extracellular matrix proteins varies [17]. These differences are consistent with the wide variety of biological and physical environments these cells are found in. "
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