TGF-β Gives an Air of Exclusivity to Alveolar Macrophages

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Tissue-resident macrophages shape the development and homeostasis of the organs that they colonize. Yu et al. (2017) demonstrate that, unique to the lung, the instructive cytokine TGF-β collaborates with GM-CSF to induce the master transcription factor PPARγ to drive alveolar macrophage differentiation and maintenance early in life.

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