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Cholesterol - a key player at the lung surface


Cholesterol, a naturally occurring compound at the lung surface, has been shown to have a clear effect on the properties of this nanoscale film that covers the inside of our lungs.

Cholesterol levels in this system may affect the lung’s function, according to researchers at Lund University in Sweden who have published a new study on the significance of cholesterol for lung surface properties. The researchers used advanced NMR technology to map how cholesterol affects the molecular structure of the thin film in the alveoli. This study is a collaboration between researchers in chemistry and medicine at Lund University and University of Halle in Germany.