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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists

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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 462-463
Myofibroblasts: Master of disguise

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, St. Joseph Dental College, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Bhavana S Bagalad
Room No. 6, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, St Joseph Dental College, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh - 534 004
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DOI: 10.4103/jomfp.JOMFP_146_15

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Myofibroblasts are the unique population of smooth muscle-like fibroblasts. These cells have a role in growth factors secretion, matrix deposition and degradation. Thereby, myofibroblast contributes in both human physiology and pathology. This review explains the myofibroblastic lesions, imperative role of myofibroblasts in organogenesis, repair, regeneration, inflammation and tumorigenesis.

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