• The regulation of the fluid balance of the mucus is important for a good function of the mucociliary system in the nose. The nasal glands and the goblet cells have been proposed to be the main source of fluid. Microvilli-equipped epithelial cells, ciliated and nonciliated, constituting 70% to 90% of the cells on the turbinates in the nose, are of importance for the regulation of the hydration of the mucus. These cells have the same characteristics as other fluid-secreting cells elsewhere in the body. They have microvilli, a terminal web, folding of the basolateral membrane, and numerous cell organelles. Blockage of the energy supply strongly reduces the fluid secretion.
(Arch Otolaryngol 1984;110:576-581)
Petruson B, Hansson H, Karlsson G. Structural and Functional Aspects of Cells in the Nasal Mucociliary System. Arch Otolaryngol. 1984;110(9):576–581. doi:10.1001/archotol.1984.00800350018006
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