Human bronchial epithelial cells can contract type I collagen gels.

@article{Liu1998HumanBE,
  title={Human bronchial epithelial cells can contract type I collagen gels.},
  author={Xiang-de Liu and Tetsuo Umino and Mecedes Cano and Ron Ertl and Tom Veys and John R. Spurzem and Debra J. Romberger and Stephen I. Rennard},
  journal={The American journal of physiology},
  year={1998},
  volume={274 1},
  pages={
          L58-65
        }
}
Fibroblasts can contract collagen gels, a process thought to be related to tissue remodeling. Because epithelial cells are also involved in repair responses, we postulated that human bronchial epithelial cells (HBECs) could cause contraction of collagen gels. To evaluate this, HBECs were plated on the top of native type I collagen gels and were incubated for 48 h. After this, the gels were released and floated in LHC-9-RPMI 1640 for varying times, and gel size was measured with an image… CONTINUE READING

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