Ciliated cells

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Ciliated multilayered columnar epithelium of airways

These are tall, slender, cylindrical cells of the airway lining with an oval nucleus at the base. Of particular importance in their morphology are:

  • cilia with embedded microvilli in the apical membrane, these are responsible for movement of mucus with trapped microbes and debris;
  • aquaporins, i.e. channels of the cell membrane regulating water discharge into the lumen of the airways and thus humidity of the air and viscosity of the mucus layer.

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