Elizabeth J Vanden Bon

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An early response to cigarette smoke is an influx of leukocytes into the lung. Alveolar epithelial type II (ATII) cells may contribute by releasing chemokines in response to cigarette smoke and neutrophil elastase (NE). Human ATII cells were purified from normal regions of lungs resected for carcinoma (n = 14). In vitro, these cells exhibited ATII cell(More)
Alveolar macrophages have been implicated in the pathophysiology of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this setting they are routinely exposed to cigarette smoke and a range of pathogens including bacteria and viruses. The gene expression changes that result from these challenges may contribute to the initiation and progression of the disease.(More)
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