Probing the secret forces of pericytes


Leiden researchers found a way to measure the tiny forces exerted by pericytes, one of the most elusive, hard to research cell types, which occur in tiny blood vessels. Building on this fundamental science, researchers may eventually find treatments for medical conditions like ischaemia.

You could call them the secret cells because they are so very hard to study, find, or even distinguish from other cells. Olga Iendaltseva is the first author of an article in Stem Cell Reports that finally provides a way to study pericytes, which form part of the small blood vessels called capillaries. Read more