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Airway mucus function and dysfunction

Max A Seibold
About 50% of patients with asthma exhibit chronic airway inflammation driven by the type 2 cytokines interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, and IL-13. These patients with type 2-high asthma experience more allergic symptoms, greater airway hyperresponsiveness, and more severe mucus obstruction than patients with type 2-low asthma. Mouse models of asthma have shown that much of the airway dysfunction in these models can be generated by IL-13 stimulation of the airway epithelium alone. Both in vivo mouse model studies and in vitro studies of human mucociliary airway epithelial cultures have shown that IL-13 induces cellular remodeling of the airway epithelium through proliferation-independent transdifferentiation processes...
April 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Maohua Liu, Jingxiu Zhang, Chengjun Liu
Pediatric asthma is a chronic pulmonary inflammatory disease featuring hypersecretion of mucus and inflammation in the airway, resulting in dysfunction of the airway smooth muscle. Previous evidence demonstrated that latrophilins, a novel family of receptors, present a beneficial effect on airway smooth muscle cells. In the present study, the therapeutic effects of recombinant human latrophilin 3 (rhLPHN3) antibody (Ab) in patients with pediatric asthma were investigated, and the molecular mechanism underlying the function of LPHN3 in the treatment of asthma in clinical practice was examined...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Baoning Xu, Lei Zhang, Yuqin Che, Chengyang Song, Wenjun Jiang, Jianhua Fan, Dali Tian
The majority of patients that suffer a stroke have excessive sputum, which accelerates the development of pulmonary complications. However, it is unclear whether cerebral ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury induces mucus hypersecretion, and the potential role of inflammation remains unknown. In the present study, the reversible middle cerebral artery occlusion model was applied in rats to induce cerebral I/R injury. The rats were grouped according to the duration of reperfusion (6, 12, 24, 48 and 72 h). Neurological dysfunction was evaluated by Longa scoring and lung dry‑to‑wet weight (dw/ww) ratios were determined to reflect the degree of mucus secretion...
November 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Oula Khoury, Christopher Barrios, Victor Ortega, Anthony Atala, Sean V Murphy
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is associated with exaggerated and prolonged inflammation in the lungs, which contributes to lung injury, airway mucus obstruction, bronchiectasis, and loss of lung function. This hyperinflammatory phenotype appears to be caused by an imbalance between the pro- and antiinflammatory regulatory pathways, with heightened proinflammatory stimuli, a decreased counter-regulatory response, and reduced effectiveness of immune cell function and inflammatory resolution. Thus, therapies that can target this inflammatory environment would have a major impact on preventing the progression of lung disease...
January 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Johnny L Carson, Laura Zhou, Luisa Brighton, Katherine H Mills, Haibo Zhou, Ilona Jaspers, Milan Hazucha
OBJECTIVE: Mucociliary clearance sustains a baseline functionality and an "on demand" capability to upregulate clearance upon irritant exposure involving mucus hypersecretion and accelerated ciliary beat frequency (CBF) modulated by nitric oxide (NO). This study characterized these elements as well as cellular and exogenous NO concentrations subsequent to a single exposure to tobacco smoke (TS) or e-cigarette vapor (EV) on cultured human airway epithelium. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Air-liquid interface (ALI) airway epithelial cultures per nonsmoking human subjects were subjected to single TS or EV exposures...
February 2017: Inhalation Toxicology
Lyle L Pritchard
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive genetic disease that occurs in approximately 1 in 2,500 white live births. It is less common in nonwhite individuals. A dysfunctional epithelial chloride channel leads to excessively thick mucus affecting multiple organ systems. Common issues include mucous plugging of the airway, lung inflammation, chronic pulmonary infections, intestinal malabsorption, and malnutrition. Universal screening of newborns for CF is recommended in many countries. CF can be diagnosed based on clinical evidence of disease along with genetic testing or other laboratory evidence of chloride channel dysfunction...
September 2016: FP Essentials
J Stuart Elborn
Cystic fibrosis is a common life-limiting autosomal recessive genetic disorder, with highest prevalence in Europe, North America, and Australia. The disease is caused by mutation of a gene that encodes a chloride-conducting transmembrane channel called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), which regulates anion transport and mucociliary clearance in the airways. Functional failure of CFTR results in mucus retention and chronic infection and subsequently in local airway inflammation that is harmful to the lungs...
November 19, 2016: Lancet
William D Bennett, Ashley G Henderson, Scott H Donaldson
Patients with the chronic bronchitis form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis share similar clinical features, including mucus obstruction of airways and the development of chronic/recurrent airways infections that often manifest as disease exacerbations. There is growing evidence that these diseases may have parallels in disease pathogenesis as well, including cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator dysfunction, mucus dehydration, and defective mucociliary clearance. As progress is made in the development of therapies that target the basic defects that lead to cystic fibrosis lung disease, it is possible that similar approaches could also benefit patients with chronic bronchitis...
April 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Marcus A Mall
Airway mucus obstruction is a key feature of cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The thin layer of mucus that covers healthy airway surfaces has important protective functions in lung defense. However, excess mucus produces airflow obstruction and provides a nidus for bacterial infection and inflammation. Despite its importance in pathogenesis, understanding of the mechanisms underlying airway mucus obstruction, as well as therapeutic options, remain limited. Studies in the rare genetic disease CF identified airway surface dehydration due to cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene dysfunction as an important disease mechanism that may explain mucus stasis and plugging in a spectrum of muco-obstructive lung diseases, including COPD...
April 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Jie-Sen Zhou, Yun Zhao, Hong-Bin Zhou, Yong Wang, Yin-Fang Wu, Zhou-Yang Li, Nan-Xia Xuan, Chao Zhang, Wen Hua, Song-Min Ying, Wen Li, Hua-Hao Shen, Zhi-Hua Chen
Mucus hypersecretion is a common pathological feature of chronic airway inflammatory diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, the molecular basis for this condition remains incompletely understood. We have previously demonstrated a critical role of autophagy in COPD pathogenesis through mediating apoptosis of lung epithelial cells. In this study, we aimed to investigate the function of autophagy as well as its upstream and downstream signals in cigarette smoke-induced mucus production in human bronchial epithelial (HBE) cells and in mouse airways...
June 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Do-Yeon Cho, Daniel Skinner, Shaoyan Zhang, James Fortenberry, Eric J Sorscher, Nichole R Dean, Bradford A Woodworth
BACKGROUND: Decreased cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR)-mediated chloride (Cl) secretion across mucosal surfaces contributes to the development of airway disease by depleting airway surface liquid, increasing mucus viscosity and adhesion, and consequently hindering mucociliary clearance. We serendipitously discovered during testing of drugs solubilized in low concentrations ethanol (0.25%, 43 mM) that the control vehicle produced robust activation of CFTR-mediated Cl(-) transport...
February 2016: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
J Yang, H M Yu, X D Zhou, H P Huang, Zh Han, V P Kolosov, J M Perelman
The p66Shc adaptor protein is a newly recognized mediator of mitochondrial dysfunction and might play a role in cigarette smoke (CS)-induced airway epithelial cell injury. CS can induce an excessive amount of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, which can cause mitochondrial depolarization and injury through the oxidative stress-mediated Serine36 phosphorylation of p66Shc. The excessive production of ROS can trigger an inflammatory response and mucin hypersecretion by enhancing the transcriptional activity of pro-inflammatory cytokines and mucin genes...
January 2016: Molecular Immunology
Srinivasan Chinnapaiyan, Hoshang J Unwalla
Impaired mucociliary clearance (MCC) is a hallmark of acquired chronic airway diseases like chronic bronchitis associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. This manifests as microbial colonization of the lung consequently leading to recurrent respiratory infections. People living with HIV demonstrate increased incidence of these chronic airway diseases. Bacterial pneumonia continues to be an important comorbidity in people living with HIV even though anti-retroviral therapy has succeeded in restoring CD4+ cell counts...
2015: Frontiers in Microbiology
M de Vries, L Hesse, M R Jonker, M van den Berge, A J M van Oosterhout, I H Heijink, M C Nawijn
Most patients with allergic asthma are sensitized to house dust mite (HDM). The allergenicity of HDM largely depends on disruption of the integrity and proinflammatory activation of the airway epithelium. In this study, we hypothesized that Pim1 kinase activity attenuates HDM-induced asthma by preserving airway epithelial integrity. The effects of Pim1 kinase activity on barrier function and release of the proinflammatory mediators IL-1α and CCL20 were studied in vitro in 16HBE and primary bronchial epithelial cells (PBECs)...
December 1, 2015: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Jean Tyrrell, Xiaozhong Qian, Jose Freire, Robert Tarran
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a growing cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Recent studies have shown that cigarette smoke (CS) induces cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) dysfunction, which leads to airway-surface liquid (ASL) dehydration. This in turn contributes to the mucus dehydration and impaired mucociliary clearance that are seen in the chronic bronchitis form of COPD. Roflumilast is a phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor that may improve lung function and reduce the frequency of exacerbations in patients with COPD...
May 15, 2015: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Amany F Elbehairy, Natya Raghavan, Sicheng Cheng, Ling Yang, Katherine A Webb, J Alberto Neder, Jordan A Guenette, Mahmoud I Mahmoud, Denis E O'Donnell
BACKGROUND: Smokers with persistent cough and sputum production (chronic bronchitis [CB]) represent a distinct clinical phenotype, consistently linked to negative clinical outcomes. However, the mechanistic link between physiologic impairment, dyspnea, and exercise intolerance in CB has not been studied, particularly in those with mild airway obstruction. We, therefore, compared physiologic abnormalities during rest and exercise in CB to those in patients without symptoms of mucus hypersecretion (non-CB) but with similar mild airway obstruction...
May 2015: Chest
Ann E Tilley, Matthew S Walters, Renat Shaykhiev, Ronald G Crystal
A characteristic feature of the human airway epithelium is the presence of ciliated cells bearing motile cilia, specialized cell surface projections containing axonemes composed of microtubules and dynein arms, which provide ATP-driven motility. In the airways, cilia function in concert with airway mucus to mediate the critical function of mucociliary clearance, cleansing the airways of inhaled particles and pathogens. The prototypical disorder of respiratory cilia is primary ciliary dyskinesia, an inherited disorder that leads to impaired mucociliary clearance, to repeated chest infections, and to the progressive destruction of lung architecture...
2015: Annual Review of Physiology
M D Amaral
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common genetic life-shortening condition in Caucasians. Despite being a multi-organ disease, CF is classically diagnosed by symptoms of acute/chronic respiratory disease, with persistent pulmonary infections and mucus plugging of the airways and failure to thrive. These multiple symptoms originate from dysfunction of the CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, a channel that mediates anion transport across epithelia. Indeed, establishment of a definite CF diagnosis requires proof of CFTR dysfunction, commonly through the so-called sweat Cl(-) test...
February 2015: Journal of Internal Medicine
Nicole G Alcolado, Dustin J Conrad, Diogo Poroca, Mansong Li, Walaa Alshafie, Frederic G Chappe, Ryan M Pelis, Younes Anini, Zhaolin Xu, Sayyed Hamidi, Sami I Said, Valerie M Chappe
Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), a neuropeptide, controls multiple functions in exocrine tissues, including inflammation, and relaxation of airway and vascular smooth muscles, and regulates CFTR-dependent secretion, which contributes to mucus hydration and local innate defense of the lung. We had previously reported that VIP stimulates the VPAC1 receptor, PKCϵ signaling cascade, and increases CFTR stability and function at the apical membrane of airway epithelial cells by reducing its internalization rate...
July 15, 2014: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Eric Y Chen, Albert Sun, Chi-Shuo Chen, Alexander J Mintz, Wei-Chun Chin
Tobacco smoke exposure, the major cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), instigates a dysfunctional clearance of thick obstructive mucus. However, the mechanism underlying the formation of abnormally viscous mucus remains elusive. We investigated whether nicotine can directly alter the rheological properties of mucin by examining its physicochemical interactions with human airway mucin gels secreted from A549 lung epithelial cells. Swelling kinetics and multiple particle tracking were utilized to assess mucin gel viscosity change when exposed to nicotine...
July 15, 2014: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
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