Journal article

The role of extrinsic and intrinsic factors in the evolution of the control of pulmonary surfactant maturation during development in the amniotes

LC Sullivan, S Orgeig, CB Daniels

Physiological and Biochemical Zoology | UNIV CHICAGO PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

Pulmonary surfactant is a mixture of lipids and proteins that is secreted by alveolar Type II cells. It reduces alveolar surface tension and hence the work of breathing. Despite the tremendous diversity of lung structures amongst the vertebrates, the composition of surfactant is highly conserved. Conserved elements of the surfactant system amongst distantly related species are likely to be crucial factors for successful lung development. Understanding the mechanisms by which the surfactant system becomes operational in animals with dramatically different birthing strategies and in distantly related species will provide important information about the role of the surfactant system in the comm..

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