A summary of studies exploring biomarkers in inflammatory lung disease in children and adults.
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Eva Mutunga and Kate Klein. Cells lining the airways of the lung. ID Number 5763. Cells lining the airways (called the trachea) in our lungs are known as the mucociliary escalator and are our first line of defense against inhaled bacteria, allergens, pollutants and debris. Malfunctions in this system can cause or aggravate lung infections and conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The cells shown in gray secrete mucus, which traps inhaled particles. The colored cells sweep the mucus layer out of the lungs. This image was taken with a ZEISS ORION NanoFab microscope and shows a 10,000-fold magnification of the airway cells in mice. Courtesy of University of the District of Columbia and National Institute of Standards and Technology. Image and Video Gallery, NIGMS. CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US.
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Zeiss Microscopy. Mouse lung alveola, SEM Inlens image. Cilia lining the inner epithelium of a lung alveola, mouse, fixed, critical point dried, uncoated. Imaged with the Inlens, now showing additional information about the interior of the cavity of the lung alveola, ZEISS SEM. Courtesy of University of Tromsø, Norway. Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Zeiss Microscopy. Mouse lung alveola, SEM SE2 image. Cilia lining the inner epithelium of a lung alveola, mouse, fixed, critical point dried, uncoated. Imaged with the Chamber-SE showing classical topography, ZEISS SEM. Courtesy of University of Tromsø, Norway. Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.