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The balance and distribution of epithelial cell types is required to maintain tissue homeostasis. A hallmark of airway diseases is epithelial remodeling, leading to increased goblet cell numbers and an overproduction of mucus. In the conducting airway, basal cells act as progenitors for both secretory and ciliated cells. To identify mechanisms regulating(More)
RATIONALE Most airway diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are associated with excessive coughing. The extent to which this may be a consequence of increased activation of vagal afferents by pathology in the airways (e.g., inflammatory mediators, excessive mucus) or an altered neuronal phenotype is unknown. Understanding whether(More)
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways which can have a detrimental effect on quality of life and in extreme cases cause death. Although the majority of patients can control their asthma symptoms with a combination of steroids and beta agonists there is still a group of patients whose asthma remains symptomatic despite the best available(More)
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