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Cell Therapy for Lung DiseaseCell Therapy for Lung Disease: A Step Forward: A Step Forward

Jeffrey E. Gotts, MD, PhD; Michael A. Matthay, MD, FCCP
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From the Departments of Medicine and Anesthesia, Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California San Francisco.

Correspondence to: Michael A. Matthay, MD, FCCP, 505 Parnassus Ave, University of California San Francisco, Moffitt, Room M-917, San Francisco, CA, 94143-0624; e-mail: Michael.matthay@ucsf.edu


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2013;143(6):1525-1527. doi:10.1378/chest.12-2993
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COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the United States.1 Given its chronicity and morbidity, it imposes a tremendous and increasing burden on public health worldwide; improved therapies are badly needed. COPD encompasses a spectrum of clinical phenotypes, and its underlying pathogenesis is correspondingly complex. However, inflammation seems to be central to many of the injurious cascades thought to initiate and propel the disease.2

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