Stromal cell regulation of inflammatory responses

Jasna Friščić, Markus H. Hoffmann

2 Citations (Scopus)


In the last fifteen years it has become apparent that tissue-resident mesenchymal cells such as fibroblasts, which are the structural elements of all organs, play a cardinal role in the pathology of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. We now know that all fibroblasts originate from universal pan-organ cellular ancestors and that they are diversified into more specific subsets according to the functional needs of their home tissue-and its activation state. In arthritis, a plethora of activated joint-resident and migrating fibroblast types have been recently described that are central for pathogenesis and persistence of inflammatory joint-disease. Here we provide a current overview on the multiple inflammatory and immune-related functions of fibroblasts and how they could be curbed to induce long-lasting abatement of disease.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Immunology
Pages (from-to)92-99
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 02.2022

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)
  • Centers: Center for Research on Inflammation of the Skin (CRIS)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 204-05 Immunology


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