Type IV collagen drives alveolar epithelial–endothelial association and the morphogenetic movements of septation

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Type IV collagen is the main component of the basement membrane that gives strength to the blood–gas barrier (BGB). In mammals, the formation of a mature BGB occurs primarily after birth during alveologenesis and requires the formation of septa from the walls of the saccule. In contrast, in avians, the formation of the BGB occurs rapidly and prior to… (More)
DOI: 10.1186/s12915-016-0281-2

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