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Yolk sac macrophage progenitors traffic to the embryo during defined stages of development

Tissue-resident macrophages are derived from yolk sac progenitors but how and when these progenitors enter is unclear. Here the authors use fate mapping and intravital microscopy to track the movement of resident macrophage precursors from the yolk sac to fetal tissues during development. [mehr...]
 

Migrating Platelets Are Mechano-scavengers that Collect and Bundle Bacteria

Blood platelets are critical for hemostasis and thrombosis and play diverse roles during immune responses. Despite these versatile tasks in mammalian biology, their skills on a cellular level are deemed limited, mainly consisting in rolling, adhesion, and aggregate formation. Here, we identify an unappreciated asset of platelets and show that adherent platelets use adhesion receptors to mechanically probe the adhesive substrate in their local microenvironment. [mehr...]