Assessment of Endothelial Cell Function in Health and Disease
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Studies on pulmonary endothelial cell functions have made major progress in the past twenty years. Not only pharmacologists and physiologists, but also immunologists and coagulation specialists are involved in this research effort. The role played by endothelial cells, especially in the lung, in the activation or inactivation of vasoactive substances, in the production of prostanoids, plasminogen activator, factor VIII and fibronectin, in the presentation of antigen and in the release of interleukin-1-like material has thus received ample experimental support .
KeywordsAdult Respiratory Distress Syndrome Phorbol Myristate Acetate Vasoactive Substance Endothelial Cell Function Serotonin Uptake
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