“Tasting” the airway lining fluid

  title={“Tasting” the airway lining fluid},
  author={Gabriele Krasteva and Wolfgang Kummer},
  journal={Histochemistry and Cell Biology},
Specialized epithelial cells of the respiratory tract have been termed “solitary chemosensory cells” based upon the expression of components of the canonical sweet, umami and bitter taste transduction pathway, or “brush cells” based upon their characteristic morphological feature, i.e. an apical, brush-like tuft of rigid, villin containing microvilli. Cells defined by these criteria might not match one-to-one, and a generally accepted terminology is still lacking. With respect to cellular shape… CONTINUE READING
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