LUNG ALERT: Bronchial basal cell and epithelial repair

Faratian, D.
August 2004
Thorax;Aug2004, Vol. 59 Issue 8, p693
Academic Journal
Understanding the mechanisms of epithelial repair provides important insights into airway diseases such as asthma and COPD. The airway epithelial structure differs between the larger conducting airways and bronchioles in which, characteristically, basal cells are absent. In the distal airway Clara cells are absolutely necessary for epithelial repair but this is not so in tracheobronchial tissue. Here, the relative contribution to repair from Clara and basal cells is controversial.


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