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Figure 3

From: Shared expression of phenotypic markers in systemic sclerosis indicates a convergence of pericytes and fibroblasts to a myofibroblast lineage in fibrosis

Figure 3

Expression of ED-A correlates specifically with myofibroblasts in dcSSc skin. (a,c) Serial cryosections were stained with antibodies against ED-A FN and (b,d) α-SMA. Both ED-A FN ((a,c) arrows) and α-SMA+ve myofibroblasts ((b,d) arrows) were predominant in the lower reticular dermis of dcSSc skin. Note the absence of ED-A FN ((a) white arrow) and α-SMA+ve myofibroblasts ((b) white arrow) in the papillary dermis. In addition, immunostaining for ED-A FN was also detected in the wall of microvessels ((c) inset, arrowheads) correspondingly containing α-SMA-expressing pericytes ((d) inset, arrowheads). Original magnification (a,b) × 10, (c,d) × 20, inset (c,d) × 40. α-SMA, alpha smooth muscle actin; dcSSc, diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis; ED-A FN, ED-A splice variant of fibronectin.

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