The barrier function of the epithelium The physical barriers presented by epithelial surfaces (skin, upper and lower respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, conjunctiva) represent a resilient first-line barrier to most infectious agents, which is complemented by several additional mechanisms including: * the expulsive effects of the mucociliary escalator in the airways * the flushing effects of saliva, tears and urine on epithelial surfaces * peristalsis in the GIT, as well as the low pH of gastric fluid, antagonism by normal gut flora, and the antimicrobial actions of bile acids.
What does MCE stand for?
MCE stands for Mucociliary Escalator
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Samples in periodicals archive:
Mucus from the sinuses drains into the lungs, exacerbating the secretion problem caused by the dysfunctional mucociliary escalator.
Potential explanations include changes in the ionic milieu of the lower airways favoring the growth of NTM, alterations to the mucociliary escalator resulting in the retention of organisms over time, and as yet undetermined genetic or immunologic factors.