Soft tissue
Histology-fibrous tissue

Topic Completed: 1 July 2012

Minor changes: 21 September 2020

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PubMed Search: Normal histology of soft tissue [title]

Komal Arora, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Fibrous tissue consists of fibroblasts and extracellular matrix
  • Extracellular matrix consists of collagen, elastin and ground substance

Fibrous tissue:
  • Loose or dense
  • Dense fibrous tissue includes tendons (connect muscle to bone), ligaments (connect bones or cartilage to each other), aponeuroses (ribbon like tendinous expansion)

  • Spindled (along collagen fibers) to stellate (star shaped-in myxoid areas)
  • Produce various collagens
  • Positive for vimentin, actin

  • Quiescent stage of fibroblasts

  • Modified fibroblasts with multiple possible origins (see diagram below), including transition from fibroblasts during tissue repair (J Invest Dermatol 2007;127:526)
  • Features are intermediate between fibroblasts and smooth muscle cells
Diagrams / tables

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Myofibroblast progenitors

Microscopic (histologic) images

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Myofibroma: interface
of myofibroblastic tumor
with normal collagen

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NIH / 3T3 Mouse fibroblasts in cell culture

Extracellular matrix compliance
controls development of the
myofibroblast phenotype in
three-dimensional collagen gels

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