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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913746/anti-trachea-inflammatory-effects-of-diosgenin-from-dioscorea-nipponica-through-interactions-with-glucocorticoid-receptor-%C3%AE
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Yang Junchao, Wang Zhen, Wang Yuan, Xu Liying, Jiang Libin, Zhu Yuanhong, Zhao Wei, Chen Ruilin, Zhai Lu
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by symptoms of chronic inflammation and airway structural and functional changes. It affects about 300 million people worldwide and causes 250 000 deaths annually, but its symptoms can be greatly relieved by regular use of inhaled glucocorticoids (GCs). GCs exert their function through interacting with glucocorticoid receptors (GRs). Diosgenin is a naturally occurring steroidal saponin abundantly present in many medicinal plants, including Dioscorea nipponica, which shares a similar steroidal structure with GC...
December 2, 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909740/clinical-pharmacokinetics-of-magnesium-sulfate-in-the-treatment-of-children-with-severe-acute-asthma
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Joseph E Rower, Xiaoxi Liu, Tian Yu, Michael Mundorff, Catherine M T Sherwin, Michael D Johnson
PURPOSE: Intravenous (IV) magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) is used as adjunct therapy to treat acute asthma exacerbations. Despite its clinical use, there is a limited understanding of the disposition of magnesium in children. METHODS: To explore the pharmacokinetics (PK) of IV MgSO4 in this population, we collected retrospective data from 54 children who received IV MgSO4 for treatment of an acute asthma exacerbation at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908701/inhibitory-effects-of-l-theanine-on-airway-inflammation-in-ovalbumin-induced-allergic-asthma
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Yong Pil Hwang, Sun Woo Jin, Jae Ho Choi, Chul Yung Choi, Hyung Gyun Kim, Se Jong Kim, Yongan Kim, Kyung Jin Lee, Young Chul Chung, Hye Gwang Jeong
L-theanine, a water-soluble amino acid isolated from green tea (Camellia sinensis), has anti-inflammatory activity, antioxidative properties, and hepatoprotective effects. However, the anti-allergic effect of L-theanine and its underlying molecular mechanisms have not been elucidated. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of L-theanine on asthmatic responses, particularly airway inflammation and oxidative stress modulation in an ovalbumin (OVA)-induced murine model of asthma. Treatment with L-theanine dramatically attenuated the extensive trafficking of inflammatory cells into bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF)...
November 28, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905907/addressing-asthma-and-obesity-in-children-with-community-health-workers-proof-of-concept-intervention-development
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Molly A Martin, Steven K Rothschild, Elizabeth Lynch, Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, Militza M Pagán, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Anna Barnes, Kelly Karavolos, Antonieta Diaz, Lucretia M Hoffman, Diana Plata, Sandra Villalpando
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to design and test the feasibility and impact of a community health worker (CHW) intervention for comorbid asthma and obesity. METHODS: Using a proof of concept study design, we collected pre/post outcomes from a single intervention cohort of urban low-income in a single community area. A community-based participatory research approach was employed. Forty-six children and their caregivers were recruited. Children were 5-12 years old with physician-diagnosed asthma and body mass index (BMI) > 85%...
December 1, 2016: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905842/airway-smooth-muscle-cells-from-ovalbumin-sensitized-mice-show-increased-proliferative-response-to-tgf%C3%AE-1-due-to-up-regulation-of-smad3-and-tgf%C3%AE-rii
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Jianting Shi, Ming Chen, Lihua Ouyang, Linjie Huang, Xiaoling Lin, Wei Zhang, Ruiyun Liang, Zhiqiang Lv, Shanying Liu, Shanping Jiang
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 is an important cytokine in airway remodeling in asthma. However, results of studies focusing on the effect of TGFβ1 on proliferation of airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) are controversial. This study aimed to elucidate the role of TGFβ1 signaling in the proliferation of ASMCs by establishing an allergic model that mimics airway remodeling in chronic asthma and cell culture. Cell proliferation was detected by viable cell counting and Cell Counting Kit (CCK)-8 analysis...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905186/severe-asthma-current-management-targeted-therapies-and-future-directions-a-roundtable-report
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Vanessa M McDonald, Steven Maltby, Helen K Reddel, Gregory G King, Peter A B Wark, Lorraine Smith, John W Upham, Alan L James, Guy B Marks, Peter G Gibson
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by respiratory symptoms, airway inflammation, airway obstruction and airway hyper-responsiveness. Asthma is common and directly affects 10% of Australians, 1-5% of adults in Asia and 300 million people worldwide. It is a heterogeneous disorder with many clinical, molecular, biological and pathophysiological phenotypes. Current management strategies successfully treat the majority of patients with asthma who have access to them. However, there is a subset of an estimated 5-10% of patients with asthma who have severe disease and are disproportionately impacted by symptoms, exacerbations and overall illness burden...
November 30, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904990/computer-modeling-in-predicting-the-bioactivity-of-human-5-lipoxygenase-inhibitors
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Mengdi Zhang, Zhonghua Xia, Aixia Yan
5-Lipoxygenase (5-LOX) is a key enzyme in the inflammatory path. Inhibitors of 5-LOX are useful for the treatment of diseases like arthritis, cancer, and asthma. We have collected a dataset including 220 human 5-LOX inhibitors for classification. A self-organizing map (SOM), a support vector machine (SVM), and a multilayer perceptron (MLP) algorithm were used to build models with selected descriptors for classifying 5-LOX inhibitors into active and weakly active ones. MACCS fingerprints were used in this model building process...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904530/blockade-of-il-23-ameliorates-allergic-lung-inflammation-via-decreasing-the-infiltration-of-tc17-cells
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Sheng Cheng, Huilong Chen, Aili Wang, Hansvin Bunjhoo, Yong Cao, Jungang Xie, Yongjian Xu, Weining Xiong
INTRODUCTION: Tc17 cells are interleukin (IL)-17-producing CD8(+) T cells and have been found to participate in the development of allergic asthma. Interleukin-23 is a cytokine that may be involved in modulating the IL-17 response via Th17 cells. This study aimed to investigate whether IL-23 also has immunomodulatory effects on Tc17 cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An allergic asthmatic mouse model was induced by sensitizing and challenging with ovalbumin (OVA). Anti-IL-23 antibody was administered intratracheally before challenge to the OVA-induced asthmatic mouse model...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903737/allergen-induced-cd4-t-cell-cytokine-production-within-airway-mucosal-dendritic-cell-t-cell-clusters-drives-the-local-recruitment-of-myeloid-effector-cells
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Tibor Z Veres, Tamás Kopcsányi, Nicholas van Panhuys, Michael Y Gerner, Zhiduo Liu, Pia Rantakari, Johannes Dunkel, Masayuki Miyasaka, Marko Salmi, Sirpa Jalkanen, Ronald N Germain
Allergic asthma develops in the mucosal tissue of small bronchi. At these sites, local cytokine production by Th2/Th17 cells is believed to be critical for the development of tissue eosinophilia/neutrophilia. Using the mouse trachea as a relevant model of human small airways, we performed advanced in vivo dynamic and in situ static imaging to visualize individual cytokine-producing T cells in the airway mucosa and to define their immediate cellular environment. Upon allergen sensitization, newly recruited CD4(+) T cells formed discrete Ag-driven clusters with dendritic cells (DCs)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902492/exhaled-nitric-oxide-in-a-middle-aged-icelandic-population-cohort
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Anna Kristin Thorhallsdottir, David Gislason, Andrei Malinovschi, Michael Clausen, Thorarinn Gislason, Christer Janson, Bryndis Benediktsdottir
The prevalence of atopy and asthma is relatively low in Iceland. The purpose of this study was to describe exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) levels in the general population in correlation with demographic characteristics, smoking status, asthma, rhinitis, atopic status and lung function tests. Altogether 403 subjects, from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) III who answered the main questionnaire and were checked by FeNO measurements, lung function testing, skin prick testing and measurement of total IgE and specific IgE were included...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901627/effects-of-pediatric-asthma-care-coordination-in-underserved-communities-on-parent-perceptions-of-care-and-asthma-management-confidence
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Mary R Janevic, Alan P Baptist, Tyra Bryant-Stephens, Marielena Lara, Victoria Persky, Gilberto Ramos-Valencia, Kimberly Uyeda, Rebecca Hazan, Ashley Garrity, Floyd J Malveaux
OBJECTIVE: Disparities by race and socioeconomic status persist in pediatric asthma morbidity, mortality, and treatment. Improving parent/provider communication and parents' asthma-management confidence may result in better asthma control in vulnerable populations. The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. funded an initiative to implement medical-social care coordination to improve asthma outcomes at sites in four low-income, urban communities (Los Angeles, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; and San Juan, PR...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901618/genome-wide-interaction-analysis-of-air-pollution-exposure-and-childhood-asthma-with-functional-follow-up
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Anna Gref, Simon Kebede Merid, Olena Gruzieva, Stéphane Ballereau, Allan Becker, Tom Bellander, Anna Bergström, Yohan Bossé, Matteo Bottai, Moira Chan-Yeung, Elaine Fuertes, Despo Ierodiakonou, Ruiwei Jiang, Stéphane Joly, Meaghan Jones, Michael S Kobor, Michal Korek, Anita L Kozyrskyj, Ashish Kumar, Nathanaël Lemonnier, Elaina MacIntyre, Camille Ménard, David Nickle, Ma'en Obeidat, Johann Pellet, Marie Standl, Annika Sääf, Cilla Söderhäll, Carla Mt Tiesler, Maarten van den Berge, Judith M Vonk, Hita Vora, Cheng-Jian Xu, Josep M Antó, Charles Auffray, Michael Brauer, Jean Bousquet, Bert Brunekreef, W James Gauderman, Joachim Heinrich, Juha Kere, Gerard H Koppelman, Dirkje Postma, Christopher Carlsten, Göran Pershagen, Erik Melén
RATIONALE: The evidence supporting an association between traffic-related air pollution exposure and incident childhood asthma is inconsistent, and may depend on genetic factors. OBJECTIVES: To identify gene-environment interaction effects on childhood asthma using genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data and air pollution exposure. Identified loci were further analyzed at epigenetic and transcriptomic levels. METHODS: We used land use regression models to estimate individual air pollution exposure (represented by outdoor NO2 levels) at the birth address and performed a genome-wide interaction study for doctor's diagnosis of asthma up to 8 years in three European birth cohorts (n=1,534) with look-up for interaction in two separate North American cohorts, CHS and CAPPS/SAGE (n=1,602 and 186 subjects, respectively)...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899696/selective-antagonism-of-trpa1-produces-limited-efficacy-in-models-of-inflammatory-and-neuropathic-induced-mechanical-hypersensitivity-in-rats
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Sonya G Lehto, Andy D Weyer, Beth D Youngblood, Maosheng Zhang, Ruoyuan Yin, Weiya Wang, Yohannes Teffera, Melanie Cooke, Cheryl L Stucky, Laurie Schenkel, Stephanie Geuns-Meyer, Bryan D Moyer, Kenneth D Wild, Narender R Gavva
The transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel has been implicated in pathophysiological processes that include asthma, cough, and inflammatory pain. Agonists of TRPA1 such as mustard oil and its key component allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) cause pain and neurogenic inflammation in humans and rodents, and TRPA1 antagonists have been reported to be effective in rodent models of pain. In our pursuit of TRPA1 antagonists as potential therapeutics, we generated AMG0902, a potent (IC90 of 300 nM against rat TRPA1), selective, brain penetrant (brain to plasma ratio of 0...
2016: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899314/preeclampsia-and-the-risk-of-cataract-extraction-in-life
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Nathalie Auger, Marc-André Rhéaume, Gilles Paradis, Jessica Healy-Profitós, Ada Hsieh, William D Fraser
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy-related risk factors for cataract are understudied, including the possibility that preeclampsia increases the risk of cataract later in life. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long term risk of cataract extraction following a preeclamptic pregnancy STUDY DESIGN: We carried out a historic cohort study of 1,108,541 women who delivered at least one infant in any hospital in the province of Quebec, Canada between 1989 and 2013, including 64,350 with preeclampsia and 5,732 with cataract extractions...
November 26, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896984/methods-for-clustering-time-series-data-acquired-from-mobile-health-apps
#15
Nicole Tignor, Pei Wang, Nicholas Genes, Linda Rogers, Steven G Hershman, Erick R Scott, Micol Zweig, Yu-Feng Yvonne Chan, Eric E Schadt
In our recent Asthma Mobile Health Study (AMHS), thousands of asthma patients across the country contributed medical data through the iPhone Asthma Health App on a daily basis for an extended period of time. The collected data included daily self-reported asthma symptoms, symptom triggers, and real time geographic location information. The AMHS is just one of many studies occurring in the context of now many thousands of mobile health apps aimed at improving wellness and better managing chronic disease conditions, leveraging the passive and active collection of data from mobile, handheld smart devices...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896542/immunomodulatory-effects-of-adjuvants-cpg-mpla-and-bcg-on-the-derp2-induced-acute-asthma-at-early-life-in-an-animal-model-of-balb-c-mice
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V Mohammadi-Shahrokhi, A Rezaei, A Andalib, A Rahnama, A Jafarzadeh, N Eskandari
The Th1- and Treg cell-related immune responses play key roles in the modulation of Th2 cell-related allergic disorders. The aim was to evaluate the effects of CPG, MPLA, and BCG on the number of Th1-, Th2-, and Treg cell-related parameters in an animal model of asthma. BALB/c mice were divided into five groups and immunized subcutaneously (SC) on days 1, 15, and 22 with allergen Derp2. Three groups of mice were pretreated SC on days 0, 14, and 21 with CPG, CPG + MPLA, or CPG + BCG. All mice were then challenged intranasally with Derp2 on days 28-37...
November 28, 2016: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895126/versican-deficiency-significantly-reduces-lung-inflammatory-response-induced-by-polyinosine-polycytidylic-acid-stimulation
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Inkyung Kang, Ingrid A Harten, Mary Y Chang, Kathleen R Braun, Alyssa Sheih, Mary P Nivison, Pamela Y Johnson, Gail Workman, Gernot Kaber, Stephen P Evanko, Christina K Chan, Mervyn J Merrilees, Steven F Ziegler, Michael G Kinsella, Charles W Frevert, Thomas N Wight
Viral infection is an exacerbating factor contributing to chronic airway diseases such as asthma via mechanisms which are still unclear. Polyinosine-polycytidylic acid (poly I:C), a toll-like receptor (TLR) 3 agonist used as a mimetic to study viral infection, has been shown to elicit inflammatory responses in lungs and to exacerbate pulmonary allergic reactions in animal models. Previously, we have shown that poly I:C stimulates lung fibroblasts to accumulate an extracellular matrix (ECM), enriched in hyaluronan (HA) and its binding partner versican, which promotes monocyte adhesion...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893721/biomarkers-associated-with-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-mortality-in-premature-infants
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Jessica Balena-Borneman, Namasivayam Ambalavanan, Hemant K Tiwari, Russell L Griffin, Brian Halloran, David Askenazi
BACKGROUND: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) portends lifelong organ impairment and death. Our ability to predict BPD in first days of life is limited, but could be enhance using novel biomarkers. METHODS: Using an available clinical and urine biomarker database obtained from a prospective 113 infant cohort (birth weight ≤1200 g and/or gestational age ≤31 weeks), we evaluated the independent association of 14 urine biomarkers with BPD/mortality. RESULTS: Two of the 14 urine biomarkers were independently associated with BPD/mortality after controlling for gestational age (GA), small for gestational age (SGA), and intubation status...
November 28, 2016: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892845/learning-together-1-an-educational-model-for-training-gps-paediatricians-initial-findings
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Chloe Macaulay, John Spicer, Wendy Riches, Monica Lakhanpaul
Learning Together is primarily an educational intervention, where paediatric registrars [SpRs] and General Practice (GP) registrars [GPSTs] see children together in a primary care setting. Over a six month period in 2013/2014, 44 learning pairs were set up mainly in North East and Central London. Proof of concept for the model at scale was achieved. Reported learning demonstrated: clinical learning themes of new knowledge, skill and communication skills; and collaborative themes of ongoing collaboration, satisfaction with team working and change in attitudes...
November 28, 2016: Education for Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890918/2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzoic-acid-attenuates-mast-cell-mediated-allergic-reaction-in-mice-via-modulation-of-the-fc%C3%AE%C2%B5ri-signaling-pathway
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Yeon-Yong Kim, In-Gyu Je, Min Jong Kim, Byeong-Cheol Kang, Young-Ae Choi, Moon-Chang Baek, Byungheon Lee, Jin Kyeong Choi, Hae Ran Park, Tae-Yong Shin, Soyoung Lee, Seung-Bin Yoon, Sang-Rae Lee, Dongwoo Khang, Sang-Hyun Kim
Mast cells are important effector cells in immunoglobulin (Ig) E-mediated allergic reactions such as asthma, atopic dermatitis and rhinitis. Vanillic acid, a natural product, has shown anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. In the present study, we investigated the anti-allergic inflammatory effects of ortho-vanillic acid (2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzoic acid, o-VA) that was a derivative of vanillic acid isolated from Amomum xanthioides. In mouse anaphylaxis models, oral administration of o-VA (2, 10, 50 mg/kg) dose-dependently attenuated ovalbumin-induced active systemic anaphylaxis and IgE-mediated cutaneous allergic reactions such as hypothermia, histamine release, IgE production and vasodilation; administration of o-VA also suppressed the mast cell degranulator compound 48/80-induced anaphylaxis...
November 28, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
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