Neutrophil elastase increases MUC4 expression in normal human bronchial epithelial cells.

In chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, the airway epithelium is chronically exposed to neutrophil elastase, an inflammatory protease. The cellular response to neutrophil elastase dictates the balance between epithelial injury and repair. Key regulators of epithelial migration and proliferation are the ErbB receptor tyrosine kinases, including the… (More)