Nolen-Walston RD, Kim CF, Mazan MR, Ingenito EP, Gruntman AM, Tsai L, Boston R, Woolfenden AE, Jacks T, and Hoffman AM (2008). Cell kinetics and modeling of bronchioalveolar stem cell proliferation during lung regeneration in mice. Am J Physiol: Lung Cell Mol Biol;294: L1158-L1165; PMID 18375744.
Organ regeneration in mammals is hypothesized to require a functional pool of stem or progenitor cells, but the role of these cells in lung regeneration is unknown. Whereas postnatal regeneration of alveolar tissue has been attributed to type II alveolar epithelial cells (AECII), we reasoned that bronchioalveolar stem cells (BASCs) have the potential to contribute substantially to this process.
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