Vinzenz Im Hof

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Inhaled and deposited man-made vitreous fibers (MMVF) 10a (low-fluorine preparation of Schuller 901 insulation glass) were studied by electron microscopy in hamster lungs, fixed by intravascular perfusion within 23 +/- 2 min (SD) of the initial inhalation. We found fibers on the surfaces of conducting airways and alveoli. In the airways, 89% of the fibers(More)
Macrophages play a central role in the defence of the respiratory tract against deposited particles. In addition to the well-studied alveolar macrophages, airway macrophages have been recognized as an important clearance factor. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) has been used for functional and morphological investigations of macrophages in vitro, assuming that(More)
Normal subjects preserve tidal volume (VT) in the face of added inspiratory resistance by increasing maximal amplitude and duration of the rising phase of respiratory driving pressure (DP) and by changing the shape of this phase to one that is more concave to the time axis. To explore the possible role of chest wall afferents in mediating these responses,(More)
Monolayer cultures of pulmonary macrophages (PM) from 11 smokers (S) and 9 nonsmokers (NS) were incubated with submicrometric ferromagnetic Fe3O4 particles for one hour. After magnetization by an externally applied pulse magnetic field, the aligned Fe3O4 particles, located in the phagosomes and secondary lysosomes of the PM, emanated a remanent magnetic(More)
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