Tata A, Kobayashi Y, Chow RD, Tran J, Desai A, Massri AJ, McCord TJ, Gunn MD, Tata PR (2018) Myoepithelial cells of submucosal glands can function as reserve stem cells to regenerate airways after injury. Cell Stem Cell 22:668-683. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2018.03.018
Objective: To show that myoepithelial cells (MECs) of the submucosal glands (SMGs) proliferate and migrate to repopulate the airway surface epithelium (SE) in multiple injury models.
Summary: SMG-like cells appear on the SE of extra-and intra-lobular airways of large animal lungs following severe injury. The transcription factor SOX9 is necessary for MEC plasticity in airway regeneration.
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