Resident Endothelial Progenitors Make Themselves at Home

Vascular endothelial cells adapt to their microenvironment and physiological demands to perform many essential functions. Recent studies (McDonald et al., 2018; Wakabayashi et al., 2018) suggest that quiescent endothelial stem/progenitor cells reside within blood vessels and are activated in response to injury, suggesting they can be harnessed for therapeutic applications.