Histological preservation and ultrastructure of alveolar surfactant.

  title={Histological preservation and ultrastructure of alveolar surfactant.},
  author={J. Daniel Gil},
  journal={Annual review of physiology},
We have discussed the three-dimensional structure of lamellar bodies as visible intracellular storage sites of surfactant. Among the intraalveolar structures, tubular myelin, a liquid crystal, represents a large aggregate of surfactant lipids and proteins of still-unclear significance. Elaborate fixation methods permit visualization in situ of localized pools of fluid that sometimes extend laterally, covering small areas of the alveolar surface. 

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