Elastin expression in very severe human COPD.

Abstract

Alveolar elastic fibres are key targets of proteases during the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the current study, we hypothesised that a response to injury leads to enhanced alveolar elastin gene expression in very severe COPD. Lung samples obtained from 43 patients, including 11 with very severe COPD (stage 4), 10 donors… (More)
DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00123008

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