Contact: Mark Derewicz
University of North Carolina Health Care
Caption: Top series: Images show the elongated shape of cells transforming into a ball shape before they shed from the lining of the airway to cause obstruction, a key reason why RSV leads to bronchiolitis. Middle series: Cilia (red), the hair-like projections of epithelial cells, are eradicated in the RSV-infected cells. It is the cilia of healthy cells that move mucus out of the airway. Bottom series: Close up of cilia being ravaged during infection.
Credit: Rachael Liesman, Ph.D., UNC School of Medicine
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