Regarding cystic fibrosis, according to the following, white blood cells fight the infections within the mucus:
"White blood cells fight the infections within the mucus but as they die they break down and release DNA that makes the mucus even stickier"
Do the white blood cells die and release DNA, or is it the harmful microorganisms, the pathogens, that release the DNA that makes the mucus stickier?
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease in which cells in the lungs and elsewhere produce thick, sticky mucus instead of thinner substances. This makes it difficult to breathe among other health problems.
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This could technically apply to either. A noteworthy aspect of cystic fibrosis however is how certain pathogens such as bacteria of the type...
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from Pathophysiology TextbookChapter 9 / Lesson 16