Reticular cell

A reticular cell is a type of fibroblast that synthesizes collagen alpha-1(III) and uses it to produce reticular fibers. The cell surrounds the fibers with its cytoplasm, isolating it from other tissue components and cells.[1] Reticular cells provide structural support, since they produce and maintain the thin networks of fibres that are a framework for most lymphoid organs.

Reticular cell
FunctionCollagen synthesis
LatinCellula reticularis~cells
Anatomical terms of microanatomy

They are found in many tissues including the spleen, lymph nodes and lymph nodules. They also direct B cells and T cells to specific regions within the tissue.

See also


  1. Radivoj V. Krstic (14 March 2013). Human Microscopic Anatomy: An Atlas for Students of Medicine and Biology. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 100. ISBN 978-3-662-02676-2.

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