Newfound airway cells may breathe life into tackling cystic fibrosis

Pulmonary ionocytes are rare cells, but play a big role in keeping lungs clear


LARGE SHARE, YET RARE  Rare cells called ionocytes (orange) are the site of a lot of activity from a gene that, when flawed, causes cystic fibrosis. In this confocal microscopy image, ionocytes are shown reaching through other types of airway epithelial cells (light blue) in tissue from the upper respiratory tract of a mouse.

Montoro et al/Nature 2018

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