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It was composed of loose connective tissue along with few elastic and reticular fibers, which were arranged parallel to the endocardium.
16-17) While the reticular fibers provide a supporting framework for the cellular constituents, the elastic fibers form a three-dimensional network to allow separating fascia to respond to stretch and distention.
If there are emphysematous changes in the lung involving the loss of elastic and reticular fibers from the release of excess trypsin from macrophages keyed by the response to particulate deposition, as in a smoker's lung, the bronchioles will not remain patent as the lung volume approaches residual volume (RV) and as the trans-pulmonary pressures increase.