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From: Type-1 pericytes accumulate after tissue injury and produce collagen in an organ-dependent manner

Figure 4

NG2-DsRed+pericyte accumulation, but no collagen production, in a mouse model of kidney fibrosis. (A) Immunohistochemistry of unobstructed kidney sections in a Nestin-GFP/NG2-DsRed mouse showing blood vessels labeled with the endothelial cell marker CD31; Nestin-GFP-/NG2-DsRed+ (type-1) and Nestin-GFP+/NG2-DsRed+ (type-2) pericytes are attached to it. All panels show the same area for different channels (CD31, NG2-DsRed, Nestin-GFP, Hoechst, and merged images). Region in yellow box shows type-1 and type-2 pericytes close to CD31+ blood vessels, magnified in (C). (B) Representative immunofluorescence staining of type I collagen (Col I) in the kidney 14 days after UUO in a Nestin-GFP/NG2-DsRed mouse. All panels show the same area for different channels (Col I, NG2-DsRed, Nestin-GFP, Hoechst, and merged images). Region in yellow box shows an area with high type-1 pericyte concentration, magnified in (D). (C) Type-1 and type-2 pericytes close to CD31+ blood vessels, magnified from (A). (D) High type-1 pericyte concentration, magnified from (B). Note that in this model of kidney fibrosis, NG2-DsRed+ cells do not express Col I. (E) Quantification of type-1 and type-2 pericytes before and 14 days after UUO (n = 3 mice; 10 kidney sections from each). (F) Percent of cells expressing Col I in the kidney 2 weeks after UUO. Note that NG2+ pericytes do not contribute to collagen type I production. Scale bars = 100 μm.

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