Why do people with cystic fibrosis produce thick mucus?
A genetic defect of the CFTR gene affects how the cells in the body distribute sodium. There are different mutations, but all allow too much sodium to leave the cell. Thus, the mucus in a person with cystic fibrosis loses it's fluidity and becomes very thick.
According to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust's website: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK's most common life-threatening inherited diseases. Cystic Fibrosis affects over 9,000 people in the UK. Over two million people in the UK carry the faulty gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis - around 1 in 25 of the population. If two carriers have a child, the baby has a 1 in 4 chance of having Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis affects the internal…
cystic fibrosis is a genetic code, so its not really molecules that cause it, however its more of a DNA mutation that's happened when your born. this means that your mucus cells don't function properly and when they are created, they are made with the wrong gene coding and so will produce more mucus than they're supposed to which is what forms in the lungs. i think that's right and i hope it helps :)
The lungs are usually affected worst in cystic fibrosis. In cystic fibrosis a transporter protein does not function correctly, causing the extracellular fluid to become thick. This makes the mucus in the lungs very thick and sticky which damages lung function and makes lung infections much more common in Cystic fibrosis sufferers.
If two people with cystic fibrosis were to have children then the kids would also have it. Also, cystic fibrosis is a pretty nasty disease. It's where the mucus that protect organs etc becomes thick and sticky and the person with it often ends up with serious lung diseases or intestinal infections which can be dangerous, painful and expensive. But it's the parents who are the ones choosing whether they want this for there children.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder in which certain proteins in the lungs are not functioning properly - you get it from inheriting the genes for the disease from your parents. The malfunctioning proteins result in accumulations of thick, sticky mucus in the lungs which must be coughed up regularly.
Cystic fibrosis is where your lungs and digestive system get clogged up with mucus and you get the effects from birth. People often die from lung complications and lack of nutrients. whereas Huntington's disease effects your muscle coordination and some cognitive functions. The effects generally come out at middle age but can come out before.
Cystic Fibrosis produces a thick, sticky mucus in all of the body's organs that lined with mucous membranes, primarily the respiratory and digestive systems. This includes the lungs, stomach, pancreas, large & small intestines, and liver to name a few. The pancreas is responsible for releasing digestive enzymes into the small intestine after the pyloric sphincter of the stomach. The thickness of the mucus makes it difficult for the enzymes to be transported into the…
The underlying defect in cystic fibrosis is an improperly folded CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator) protein. Depending on the type of mutation, the misfolded CFTR protein either doesn't reach the cell membrane or reaches the cell membrane but doesn't function properly. CFTR is responsible for regulating transport of chloride and sodium ions into and out of cells. The movement of these ions is crucial in helping to control the movement of water in tissues…
Unfortuently they die from the comboe of lack of nuitrients and because of all the mucus build up in their lungs they get lung infections and it'll eventually kill them. :( cystic fibrosis is a inherited diesas so dont get afraid of it. but anyways it dont just effect your lungs it also effect your digestive system. some people dont have it as bad so they can live into their 30s and 40s
Yes people with cystic fibrosis can have children however they may need the help of a fertility specialist. Nearly all men with CF have congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens (CBAVD) which means that they are missing the tubes that carry the sperm from the testes to the ejaculatory duct. Many women with CF may have difficulty getting pregnant due to extremely thick cervical mucus.