Cystic Fibrosis News Today presented their top 10 most read stories of 2018 in an article released on January 2. Ranking at No. 5 was a study conducted by KGI Professor James Sterling titled “Ion-Sugar Interaction in Airway Mucus Has Implications for CF.”
The study reported a discovery that may help design more effective and targeted therapies for cystic fibrosis (CF). Researchers found that complex types of sugar called glycans, found in the mucus that coats organs such as the lungs, throat, and gastrointestinal tract, interact in unique ways with each type of ion (electric-charged molecule). Since ion-gylcan interaction can affect mucus’ structure and fluidity, the findings carry important implications for therapy delivery in CF.
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