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Mucus in the colonic mucosa
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Mucus and mucins in the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts

Research group
Active research
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Institute of Biomedicine

Short description

The aim of this group is to expand the knowledge of mucus and mucins in relation to diseases of the intestine and respiratory tract. Our major discoveries are that an attached dense mucus layer separates colonic bacteria from the epithelium and that the lungs are normally cleaned by sweeping the tracheobronchial surface by thick mucus bundles. Upon lung diseases, the respiratory mucus is altered and mimics colonic mucus.

This group, headed by Prof Gunnar C. Hansson, is a central part of the Mucin Biology Groups which now consists of a number of independent groups with separate funding, but still maintains close collaborations, common equipment, and newly renovated premises. All this in the ambition to maintain an international leading edge position in the area.

For detailed and updated descriptions of the group's research as well as more information on all the Mucin Biology Groups, please visit the official homepage including the widely utilized Mucin Sequence Database:

The Sahlgrenska Academy Mucin Biology Groups