Skeletal muscle fibroblasts in health and disease

Mark A. Chapman, Rachel Meza, Richard L. Lieber*

*Corresponding author for this work

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As the primary producer of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in skeletal muscle, fibroblasts play an important role providing structural support to muscle. Skeletal muscle ECM is vital for force transduction from muscle cells to tendons and bones to create movement. It is these ECM connections that allow the movement created in muscle to be transmitted to our skeleton. This review discusses how fibroblasts participate in maintaining this healthy ECM within skeletal muscle. Additionally, from a basic science perspective, we discuss current methods to identify and study skeletal muscle fibroblasts, as this is critical to bettering our understanding of these important cells. Finally, skeletal muscle fibrosis is discussed, which is a devastating clinical condition characterized by an overproduction of ECM within skeletal muscle. We discuss the role that fibroblasts and other cells play in muscle fibrosis as well as the implications of this work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-115
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research


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