Properties and immune function of cardiac fibroblasts

Milena B. Furtado, Muneer Hasham

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This chapter will discuss the role of cardiac fibroblasts as a target of various immunological inputs as well as an immunomodulatory hub of the heart through interaction with immune cell types and chemokine or cytokine signaling. While the purpose of this chapter is to explore the immunomodulatory properties of cardiac fibroblasts, it is important to note that cardiac fibroblasts are not a homogeneous cell type, but have a unique embryological origin and molecular identity. Specific properties of cardiac fibroblasts may influence the way they interact with the heart microenvironment to promote healthy homeostatic function or respond to pathological insults. Therefore, we will briefly discuss these aspects of cardiac fibroblast biology and then focus on their immunomodulatory role in the heart.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Immunology of Cardiovascular Homeostasis and Pathology
EditorsSusanne Sattler, Teresa Kennedy-Lydon
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9783319576138
ISBN (Print)9783319576114
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598
ISSN (Electronic)2214-8019


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Fibroblast
  • Heart
  • Immune response
  • Immunomodulator
  • Injury
  • Myofibroblast

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