Hier finden Sie wissenschaftliche Publikationen aus den Fraunhofer-Instituten.

The role of surfactant in asthma. Review

: Hohlfeld, J.M.

Volltext (304 KByte; PDF; )

Respiratory research. Online journal 3 (2002), Nr.1, S.4-11
ISSN: 1465-993X
ISSN: 1465-9921
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer ITA ( ITEM) ()
Asthma; pulmonary surfactant

Pulmonary surfactant is a unique mixture of lipids and surfactant-specific proteins that covers the entire alveolar surface of the lungs. Surfactant is not restricted to the alveolar compartment; it also reaches terminal conducting airways and is present in upper airway secretions. While the role of surfactant in the alveolar compartment has been intensively elucidated both in health and disease states, the possible role of surfactant in the airways requires further research. This review summarizes the current knowledge on surfactant functions regarding the airway compartment and highlights the impact of various surfactant components on allergic inflammation in asthma.