Regulation of smooth muscle contraction by the epithelium: role of prostaglandins.

Yechun Ruan, Wenliang Zhou, Hsiao Chang Chan

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As an analog to the endothelium situated next to the vascular smooth muscle, the epithelium is emerging as an important regulator of smooth muscle contraction in many vital organs/tissues by interacting with other cell types and releasing epithelium-derived factors, among which prostaglandins have been demonstrated to play a versatile role in governing smooth muscle contraction essential to the physiological and pathophysiological processes in a wide range of organ systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-170
Number of pages15
JournalPhysiology (Bethesda, Md.)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology

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