Mammary gland macrophages: Pleiotropic functions in mammary development

Kathryn L. Schwertfeger, Jeffrey M. Rosen, Donald A. Cohen

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Abstract

Mammary gland development is a complex process involving epithelial cells and supporting stromal cells. Macrophages (MØs) are an important component of the mammary gland stroma and are critical for normal mammary gland development; however, the mechanisms by which macrophages regulate these processes are not well understood. MØs are known to interact with numerous cell types, including epithelial cells, fibroblasts, adipocytes, and endothelial cells, all of which are significant components of mammary gland development. Therefore, the purpose of this review is to describe the interactions between MØs and these various cell types and use this knowledge to identify potential functions of MØs in the mammary gland.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-238
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of mammary gland biology and neoplasia
Volume11
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

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Human Mammary Glands
Breast
Macrophages
Epithelial Cells
Stromal Cells
Adipocytes
Endothelial Cells
Fibroblasts

Keywords

  • Development
  • Epithelium
  • Macrophage
  • Mammary gland
  • Stroma

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Mammary gland macrophages : Pleiotropic functions in mammary development. / Schwertfeger, Kathryn L.; Rosen, Jeffrey M.; Cohen, Donald A.

In: Journal of mammary gland biology and neoplasia, Vol. 11, No. 3-4, 01.10.2006, p. 229-238.

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