Pericytes in Skeletal Muscle

  • Jyoti Gautam
  • Yao YaoEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1122)


Skeletal muscle regeneration is a highly orchestrated process and involves the activation of many cellular and molecular pathways. Although satellite cells (SCs) are the major cell type responsible for muscle regeneration, pericytes show remarkable myogenic potential and various advantages as cell therapy in muscular disorders. This chapter first introduces the structure, marker expression, origin, and category of pericytes. Next, we discuss their functions in muscular dystrophy and/or muscle injuries, focusing on their myogenic, adipogenic, fibrogenic, chondrogenic, and osteogenic activities. Understanding this knowledge will promote the development of innovative cell therapies for muscle disorders, including muscular dystrophy.


Pericytes Satellite cells Mesoangioblasts Myogenesis Adipogenesis Fibrosis Chondrogenesis Osteogenesis Ossification Muscle injury Muscular dystrophy Muscle regeneration Differentiation 


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  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical SciencesUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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