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Joo Hee Kim, Sunghoon Park, Yong Il Hwang, Seung Hun Jang, Ki Suck Jung, Yun Su Sim, Cheol Hong Kim, Changhwan Kim, Dong Gyu Kim
Immunoglobulin G subclass deficiency (IgGSCD) is a relatively common primary immunodeficiency disease (PI) in adults. The biological significance of IgGSCD in patients with chronic airway diseases is controversial. We conducted a retrospective study to characterize the clinical features of IgGSCD in this population. This study examined the medical charts from 59 adult patients with IgGSCD who had bronchial asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from January 2007 to December 2012. Subjects were classified according to the 10 warning signs developed by the Jeffrey Modell Foundation (JMF) and divided into two patient groups: group I (n = 17) met ≥ two JMF criteria, whereas group II (n = 42) met none...
October 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Matthieu Buscot, Héloïse Pottier, Charles-Hugo Marquette, Sylvie Leroy
BACKGROUND: Data concerning phenotypes in bronchiectasis are scarce. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the clinical, functional and microbiological phenotypes of patients with bronchiectasis. METHODS: A monocentric retrospective study in a university hospital in France was conducted over 10 years (2002-2012). Non-cystic fibrosis patients with tomographic confirmation of bronchiectasis were included. The clinical, functional and microbiological data of patients were analyzed relying on the underlying etiology...
2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
N N Rumzhum, B S Patel, P Prabhala, I C Gelissen, B G Oliver, A J Ammit
BACKGROUND: IL-17A plays an important role in respiratory disease and is a known regulator of pulmonary inflammation and immunity. Recent studies have linked IL-17A with exacerbation in asthma and COPD. We have shown that the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and its prostanoid products, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) in particular, are key contributors in in vitro models of infectious exacerbation; however, the impact of IL-17A was not known. METHODS AND RESULTS: We address this herein and show that IL-17A induces a robust and sustained upregulation of COX-2 protein and PGE2 secretion from airway smooth muscle (ASM) cells...
March 2016: Allergy
M Mahdavinia, A Keshavarzian, M C Tobin, A L Landay, R P Schleimer
Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) has been known as a disease with strong infectious and inflammatory components for decades. The recent advancement in methods identifying microbes has helped implicate the airway microbiome in inflammatory respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD. Such studies support a role of resident microbes in both health and disease of host tissue, especially in the case of inflammatory mucosal diseases. Identifying interactive events between microbes and elements of the immune system can help us to uncover the pathogenic mechanisms underlying CRS...
January 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Beatrice E Ferrario, Silvia Garuti, Fulvio Braido, Giorgio W Canonica
Despite the use of antibiotics and vaccines, the frequency of respiratory tract infections is still high and these infections interest a wide range of patients, from children to aged people, including in particular these extreme categories because of the deficiency of their immune system, due to immaturity in the former case and to "immunosenescence" in the latter. For that reason immunostimulant drugs are getting more important to prevent and to attenuate infections. Pidotimod (3-L-pyroglutamyl-L-thiazolidine-4carboxylic acid) is a synthetic dipeptide with immunomodulatory properties...
2015: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
Uday Koli, R Akhil Krishnan, Prasad Pofali, Ratnesh Jain, Prajakta Dandekar
Various delivery strategies, involving siRNA as a therapeutic tool for gene silencing, have been highlighted through several investigations all over the world. One such medical target, where the siRNA-based therapies have been immensely explored and have met with considerable success, is the area of pulmonary disorders. Lung diseases have presented themselves as attractive targets for studying siRNA-mediated cures due to their widespread persistence and lethality. Another interesting feature in this case is that the lung is accessible to therapeutic agents via multiple administration routes including the nasal, oral and intravenous routes...
September 2014: Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
Ling-Ling Xuan, Qi Hou
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is an important regulator of cellular energy homeostasis. Recent studies demonstrated that AMPK is a novel signaling molecule modulating inflammatory responses and oxidative stress which are involved in inflammatory pulmonary diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary infectious diseases and pulmonary fibrosis. AMPK attenuates inflammatory lung injury by phosphorylating its downstream targets, such as sirtuin1 (SIRT1), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1alpha (PGC-1alpha), p53 and forkhead box O3a (FoxO3a)...
August 2014: Yao Xue Xue Bao, Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica
Matthew R Gingo, Goundappa K Balasubramani, Thomas B Rice, Lawrence Kingsley, Eric C Kleerup, Roger Detels, Eric C Seaberg, Ruth M Greenblatt, Susan Holman, Laurence Huang, Sarah H Sutton, Marnie Bertolet, Alison Morris
BACKGROUND: Several lung diseases are increasingly recognized as comorbidities with HIV; however, few data exist related to the spectrum of respiratory symptoms, diagnostic testing, and diagnoses in the current HIV era. The objective of the study is to determine the impact of HIV on prevalence and incidence of respiratory disease in the current era of effective antiretroviral treatment. METHODS: A pulmonary-specific questionnaire was administered yearly for three years to participants in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) and Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS)...
2014: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Clive Page, Mario Cazzola
Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in the use of fixed-dose combinations of drugs for the treatment of a range of diseases, including hypertension, cancer, AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. It is now evident that patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can also benefit from the use of fixed-dose combinations, including combinations of a long-acting β2-agonist and an inhaled corticosteroid, and combinations of long-acting β2-agonists and long-acting muscarinic receptor antagonists...
August 2014: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Tadeusz Płusa
Polish population according to the National Census of Population and Housing, which was conducted in 2011, was 38 511.8 thousand. The average life expectancy in Poland is 71.0 years for men and 79.7 years for women. The reason for hospitalization in Poland are primarily cardiovascular disease (18%), tumors (11.4%), digestive diseases (10.6%), respiratory (9.3%), trauma (9.1%), infectious diseases (2.3%) and others (39%). Mortality rates determined on the basis of the analyzes and simulations in different disease groups indicates that the predominant causes of death of Polish citizens are strongly cardiovascular disease and cancer...
November 2013: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
A Acay, F Erdenen, E Altunoglu, H Erman, C Muderrisoglu, G G Korkmaz, R Gelisgen, O Tabak, H Uzun
BACKGROUND: Asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) are characterised by airway inflammation. Paraoxonasel (PON1) and arylesterase (AE) enzymes have the ability to protect HDL from oxidation and may have antiatherogenic, antioxidant, and antiinflammatory features. We carried out a study to assess if there is a difference between PON1 and AE activities and biochemical values between asthmatics and COPD patients and if there is a difference between comorbid or pure COPD patients...
2013: Clinical Laboratory
Harcharan Singh Rumana, Ramesh Chand Sharma, Vikas Beniwal, Anil Kumar Sharma
: : Air pollution has been a matter of great concern globally because of the associated health risks to individuals. The situation is getting worse in developing countries with more urbanization, industrialization and more importantly the rapidly growing population posing a threat to human life in the form of pulmonary, cardiovascular, carcinogenic or asthmatic diseases by accumulating toxic pollutants, harmful gases, metals, hydrocarbons etc. OBJECTIVE: The present study was undertaken to assess the magnitude of ambient air pollutants and their human health risks like respiratory ailments, infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases and cancer using a Retrospective Approach of Bart Ostra...
January 9, 2014: Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering
Catherine Chaput, Leif Erik Sander, Norbert Suttorp, Bastian Opitz
The lung is a particularly vulnerable organ at the interface of the body and the exterior environment. It is constantly exposed to microbes and particles by inhalation. The innate immune system needs to react promptly and adequately to potential dangers posed by these microbes and particles, while at the same time avoiding extensive tissue damage. Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptors (NLRs) represent a group of key sensors for microbes and damage in the lung. As such they are important players in various infectious as well as acute and chronic sterile inflammatory diseases, such as pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome, pneumoconiosis, and asthma...
2013: Frontiers in Immunology
Füsun Yıldız, Gülbin Bingöl Karakoç, Refika Ersu Hamutçu, Nazan Yardım, Banu Ekıncı, Arzu Yorgancıoğlu
INTRODUCTION: Although chronic respiratory disorders are important causes of morbidity and mortality, health care workers, patients and caretakers are not well informed about these disorders. Therefore these problems are underdiagnosed and undertreated; also preventive measures are not widely taken. Our aim was to evaluate the knowledge of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Turkey. This study was designed and performed as a Global Alliance Against Respiratory Disorders (GARD) project...
2013: Tüberküloz Ve Toraks
Dieter Schoepf, Hardeep Uppal, Rahul Potluri, Reinhard Heun
Schizophrenia is a major psychotic disorder with significant comorbidity and mortality. Patients with schizophrenia are said to suffer more type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and diabetogenic complications. However, there is little consistent evidence that comorbidity with physical diseases leads to excess mortality in schizophrenic patients. Consequently, we investigated whether the burden of physical comorbidity and its relevance on hospital mortality differed between patients with and without schizophrenia in a 12-year follow-up in general hospital admissions...
February 2014: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
Lee Gazourian, Anna Maria F Coronata, Angela J Rogers, Gerald L Weinhouse, Robert J Soiffer, Joseph H Antin, Jerome Ritz, Vincent T Ho, Rebecca M Baron, George R Washko
RATIONALE: Bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) is a late, non-infectious pulmonary complication following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). There is minimal data published on quantitative radiologic characterization of airway remodeling in these subjects. OBJECTIVES: To examine quantitative measurements of airway morphology and their correlation with lung function in a cohort of patients who underwent HSCT and developed BOS. METHODS: All adult patients who underwent allogeneic HSCT at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital (n = 1854) between January 1st 2000 and June 30th 2010 were screened for the development of BOS...
February 2013: Respiratory Medicine
Magdalena Paplińska, Joanna Hermanowicz-Salamon, Patrycja Nejman-Gryz, Katarzyna Białek-Gosk, Renata Rubinsztajn, Magdalena Arcimowicz, Grzegorz Placha, Jarosław Góra, Ryszarda Chazan, Hanna Grubek-Jaworska
BACKGROUND: Asthma and COPD are non-infectious inflammatory diseases of the respiratory tract. Allergic rhinitis can be assumed as an intermediate condition between healthy and asthmatic state. Eotaxins are important indicators of allergic reaction. They are strong chemoattractants mainly for eosinophils but also for other cells. OBJECTIVE: We measured the level of eotaxin expression and inflammatory cell count in the material from nasal brushing in healthy controls and in patients with allergic rhinitis, asthma, and COPD...
November 2012: Cytokine
Alan C-Y Hsu, Hayley V See, Phil M Hansbro, Peter A B Wark
Influenza presents a unique human infectious disease that has a substantial impact on the public health, in general, and especially for those with chronic airways diseases. People with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are particularly vulnerable to influenza infection and experience more severe symptoms with the worsening of their pre-existing conditions. Recent advances in reverse genetics and innate immunity has revealed several influenza virulence factors and host factors involved in influenza pathogenesis and the immune responses to infection...
November 2012: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Christian Herr, Timm Greulich, Rembert A Koczulla, Silke Meyer, Tetyana Zakharkina, Meret Branscheidt, Rebecca Eschmann, Robert Bals
The role of vitamin D (VitD) in calcium and bone homeostasis is well described. In the last years, it has been recognized that in addition to this classical function, VitD modulates a variety of processes and regulatory systems including host defense, inflammation, immunity, and repair. VitD deficiency appears to be frequent in industrialized countries. Especially patients with lung diseases have often low VitD serum levels. Epidemiological data indicate that low levels of serum VitD is associated with impaired pulmonary function, increased incidence of inflammatory, infectious or neoplastic diseases...
2011: Respiratory Research
Chintan M Raval, Patty J Lee
The lungs are a major target for various inflammatory, oxidative, carcinogenic or infectious stressors, which result in a range of lung diseases. Induction of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) during acute and chronic lung processes is a crucial defense mechanism. HO-1 catalyzes the degradation of free cellular heme to iron, carbon monoxide (CO) and biliverdin which is eventually converted to bilirubin by biliverdin reductase. In addition to the degradation of free heme, a pro-oxidant, HO-1 exerts anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic properties via its reaction products...
December 2010: Current Drug Targets
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