Physiology of the alveolar surface network.

The alveolar surface network (ASN) is the totally fluid intraacinar conformation of the alveolar surface liquid (ASL) continuum circulating, both in series and in parallel, through ultrathin (to <7 nm) molecular conduits formed by appositions of unit bubbles of alveolar gas. The ASN is the analogue of foam in vitro. Appositions of unit bubble films, namely… (More)