Guided by organ-specific signals in both development and disease response, the heterogeneous endothelial cell population is a dynamic member of the vasculature. Functioning as the gatekeeper to fluid, inflammatory cells, oxygen, and nutrients, endothelial cell communication with its local environment is critical. Impairment of endothelial cell-cell communication not only disrupts this signaling process, but also contributes to pathologic disease progression. Expanding our understanding of those processes that mediate endothelial cell-cell communication is an important step in the approach to treatment of disease processes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine