The Biology of Surfactant

The Biology of Surfactant

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This comprehensive and stimulating volume explains the mechanisms by which surfactants--specifically, the surface-active phospholipids--exert their physiological functions in the body. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the role of the surfactant, and the veracity of the various tissue models. The Biology of Surfactant clearly evaluates the theories, using the primary example of the model for the alveolus and role of surfactant in the lung. In addition, the underlying physico-chemical principles are emphasized in a manner accessible to the biologist and physician. Material is included for its relevance to the discovery of the role of surfactant in vivo. Details are given of work on synthetic surfactants, which may shed light on natural mechanisms, and have important implications for medical research.This can be achieved with the aid of a French press which has also been used for sorting liposomes by Barenholtz, Amselem ... The first is to use reconstituted natural surfactant and this is undoubtedly successful but involves a risk of infection.

Title:The Biology of Surfactant
Author: Brian A. Hills
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1988

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