A Summary of Role of Alveolar Epithelial Type II Cells in Respiratory Diseases

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 269)


This paper summarized the structure and functions of alveolar epithelial type II cells (AEC II) as well as its role in some kinds of lung diseases. AEC II is one of the important structures in lung and plays an important role in many kinds of lung diseases. There are more studies on the relationship between AEC II and acute lung injury (ALI), pulmonary edema or pulmonary fibrosis than studies on relationship between AEC II and asthma. And the study on the role of AEC II in the treatment of asthma with Chinese medicine is even fewer. Strengthening the study on its role in the treatment of disease with Chinese medicine, may provide new ideas for explaining the pathogenesis of asthma.


Alveolar epithelial cells type II Lung injury Pulmonary fibrosis Pulmonary edema Asthma 



This study is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.81072787), the National Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (No.10ZR1429900).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Basic Medical College of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese MedicineShanghaiChina

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