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Physiology (Bethesda). 2005 Feb;20:22-7.

Membrane microparticles: two sides of the coin.

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Institut d'Hématologie et d'Immunologie, Université Louis Pasteur, Faculté de Médecine, Strasbourg, France.

Abstract

Microparticles are plasma membrane-derived vesicles shed from stimulated cells, in the broad sense of the term. Their presence is interpreted by proximal or remote cells in fundamental physiological processes including intercellular communication, hemostasis, and immunity. On the other hand, variations of their number or characteristics are frequently observed in pathophysiological situations.

PMID:
15653836
DOI:
10.1152/physiol.00029.2004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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