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Mechanical interactions between adjacent airways in the lung.
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PMID:  24481963     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The forces of mechanical interdependence between the airways and the parenchyma in the lung are powerful modulators of airways responsiveness. Little is known, however, about the extent to which adjacent airways affect each other's ability to narrow due to distortional forces generated within the intervening parenchyma. We developed a 2-dimensional computational model of two airways embedded in parenchyma. The parenchyma itself was modeled in three ways: 1) as a network of hexagonally arranged springs, 2) as a network of triangularly arranged springs, and 3) as an elastic continuum. In all cases, we determined how the narrowing of one airway was affected when the other airway was relaxed versus when it narrowed to the same extent as the first airway. For the continuum and triangular network models, interactions between airways were negligible unless the airways lay within about 2 relaxed diameters of each other, but even at this distance the interactions were small. By contrast, the hexagonal spring network model predicted that airway-airway interactions mediated by the parenchyma can be substantial for any degree of airway separation at intermediate values of airway contraction forces. Evidence to date suggests that the parenchyma may be better represented by the continuum model, which suggests that the parenchyma does not mediate significant interactions between narrowing airways.
Baoshun Ma; Jason H T Bates
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-1-30
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Title:  Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1522-1601     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Appl. Physiol.     Publication Date:  2014 Jan 
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Created Date:  2014-1-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8502536     Medline TA:  J Appl Physiol (1985)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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