Contact: Diana Lutz
Washington University in St. Louis
Caption: A diagram of the airway lining suggests how the pulmonary neuroendocrine cells (red) trigger a response to inhaled chemicals. When a chemical (orange triangle) docks on a receptor (black) they dump secretory chemicals (thin orange arrows), which have an immediate but localized effect on muscles (blue) and nerves (pink), possibly triggering responses such as a cough.
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