Mechanical distension modulates pulmonary alveolar epithelial phenotypic expression in vitro.


The pulmonary alveolar epithelium is composed of two distinct types of cells, type I and type II cells, both of which are critical for normal lung function. On the basis of experiments of both nature and in vivo studies, it has been hypothesized that expression of the type I or type II phenotype is influenced by mechanical factors. We have investigated the… (More)


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