Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Reduces Severity of Pseudomonas Pneumonia in Mice and Inhibits Epithelial Barrier Disruption and Pseudomonas Invasion of Respiratory Epithelial Cells

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Nosocomial pneumonia (NP) is the third most common hospital-acquired infection and the leading cause of death due to hospital-acquired infection in the US. During pneumonia and non-pneumonia severe illness, respiratory tract secretions become enriched with the serine protease neutrophil elastase (NE). Several NE activities promote onset and severity of NP… (More)
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2013.00019

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