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Keywords:

  • ciliated cell;
  • common marmoset;
  • scanning electron microscopy;
  • trachea

Abstract

Background

The distribution of ciliated cells in the tracheal epithelium of common marmosets was evaluated.

Methods

Light and scanning electron microscopy of tracheal epithelium was performed.

Results

Ciliated cells were concentrated in cartilage-free areas and virtually absent in cartilage-supported epithelial regions.

Conclusions

Heterogeneous distribution of ciliated cells in the trachea has to be considered when using animal models for translational respiratory research approaches.