Bronchioalveolar stem cells vindicated!

Matthew Jones, Jin-San Zhang, Saverio Bellusci


Fourteen years ago, Kim et al. (1) reported the existence of bronchioalveolar stem cells (BASCs) in the lung. These cells expressed both secretoglobin family 1A member 1 (Scgb1a1) and surfactant protein c (Sftpc), the differentiation marker of club cells and alveolar epithelial type 2 cells, respectively.