Functional Aspects of Mucus Rheology

  • M. Litt
  • D. P. Wolf
  • M. A. Khan
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 89)

Abstract

Mucosal epithelia from all sources are always coated with mucus. Although specific properties of such secretions vary among organ tracts, there are overall chemical and physical similarities which, presumably, reflect a common function. The four types of mucus secretions that have been studied extensively — salivary, gastric, respiratory and cervical — serve a protective function. To this end, the mucus must be dispersed in a thin layer. In addition, specific roles for mucus include particulate clearance and maintenance of proper water balance in the respiratory system, and acting as a barrier and/or reservoir for sperm in the cervix. In order to carry out these functions, the mucus must have particular physical properties that are maintained within suitable bounds. Discussions of the source of mucus secretions and their control are presented in other papers of this symposium.

Keywords

Hydroxyl Urea Carbohydrate Cysteine Fractionation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Litt
    • 1
  • D. P. Wolf
    • 1
  • M. A. Khan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering /D3University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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