Pathogenesis of respiratory infections and host defenses.

  title={Pathogenesis of respiratory infections and host defenses.},
  author={Bernhardt G. Zeiher and Douglas B. Hornick},
  journal={Current opinion in pulmonary medicine},
  volume={2 3},
At the cellular level, the respiratory tract has a variety of defense mechanisms to prevent bacterial infection. Recent data have demonstrated that the respiratory epithelium plays a very active role in host defense. In this review we start by examining the respiratory epithelia and its function in mucociliary clearance, and extend our review to include its… CONTINUE READING