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Airway mucus

Sylvain Chateau, Umberto D'Ortona, Sébastien Poncet, Julien Favier
The fluid transport and mixing induced by beating cilia, present in the bronchial airways, are studied using a coupled lattice Boltzmann-Immersed Boundary solver. This solver allows the simulation of both single and multi-component fluid flows around moving solid boundaries. The cilia are modeled by a set of Lagrangian points, and Immersed Boundary forces are computed onto these points in order to ensure the no-slip velocity conditions between the cilia and the fluids. The cilia are immersed in a two-layer environment: the periciliary layer (PCL) and the mucus above it...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Jonathan T Ma, Christina Tang, Le Kang, Judith A Voynow, Bruce K Rubin
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) airway secretions are abnormal, contributing to decreased clearance and a cycle of infection and inflammation. CF sputum properties may predict disease progression. We hypothesized that sputum viscoelasticity and clearance abnormalities would inversely correlate with pulmonary function during exacerbation and that sputum properties would return to baseline after therapy. METHODS: We collected sputa longitudinally from 13 CF subjects with moderate to severe lung disease during both clinical stability and exacerbation...
March 17, 2018: Chest
Mei Mei, Haojun Song, Lina Chen, Bin Hu, Ru Bai, Diandou Xu, Ying Liu, Yuliang Zhao, Chunying Chen
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have suggested that elevated levels of air pollution contribute to an increased incidence or severity of asthma. Although late-onset adult asthma seems to be more attributable to environmental risk factors, limited data is available on the impact of early-life exposure to size-fractionated ambient particulate matter (PM) on asthma in adults. We aimed to determine the effect on the development and exacerbation of asthma in the adult after the mice were exposed as juveniles to three size-fractionated ambient particulates collected from Beijing...
March 14, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
Carsten Schwarz, Patrick Vandeputte, Amandine Rougeron, Sandrine Giraud, Thomas Dugé de Bernonville, Ludovic Duvaux, Amandine Gastebois, Ana Alastruey-Izquierdo, Maria Teresa Martín-Gomez, Estrella Martin Mazuelos, Amparo Sole, Josep Cano, Javier Pemán, Guillermo Quindos, Françoise Botterel, Marie-Elisabeth Bougnoux, Sharon Chen, Laurence Delhaès, Loïc Favennec, Stéphane Ranque, Ludwig Sedlacek, Joerg Steinmann, Jose Vazquez, Craig Williams, Wieland Meyer, Solène Le Gal, Gilles Nevez, Maxime Fleury, Nicolas Papon, Françoise Symoens, Jean-Philippe Bouchara
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the major genetic inherited disease in Caucasian populations. The respiratory tract of CF patients displays a sticky viscous mucus, which allows for the entrapment of airborne bacteria and fungal spores and provides a suitable environment for growth of microorganisms, including numerous yeast and filamentous fungal species. As a consequence, respiratory infections are the major cause of morbidity and mortality in this clinical context. Although bacteria remain the most common agents of these infections, fungal respiratory infections have emerged as an important cause of disease...
April 1, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Hong-Yi Li, Jing-Xia Meng, Zhen Liu, Xiao-Wen Liu, Yu-Guang Huang, Jing Zhao
Propofol, an intravenous anesthetic agent widely used in clinical practice, is the preferred anesthetic for asthmatic patients. This study was designed to determine the protective effect and underlying mechanisms of propofol on airway inflammation in a mast cell-dependent mouse model of allergic asthma. Mice were sensitized by ovalbumin (OVA) without alum and challenged with OVA three times. Propofol was given intraperitoneally 0.5 h prior to OVA challenge. The inflammatory cell count and production of cytokines in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were detected...
March 12, 2018: Inflammation
Shih-Ming Tsai, Edith Duran-Robles, Tyler Goshia, Maria Mesina, Carlos Garcia, Julia Young, Angelo Sibal, Meng-Hsuen Chiu, Wei-Chun Chin
Nanotoxicity studies associated with various nanoparticles (NPs) have attracted intense research interest due to the broader applications of nanoparticles in our daily lives. The exposure of nanoparticles can lead to hypersecretion and accumulation of airway mucus which are closely associated with many respiratory diseases. Titanium dioxide (TiO2 ), one of the PM10 components, is a major NP that is widely utilized in many commercial products. Our previous study established the connection between induced airway mucus secretion and TiO2 NPs...
March 8, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
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Bronchiectasis is a long-term lung condition. If you have bronchiectasis, your airways (tubes connecting your windpipe to the lowest part of the lungs) are wider than normal. This leads to mucus (or sputum) building up and making you more at risk of getting lung infections.
March 2018: Breathe
Jian-Qiang Huang, Xiao-Yang Chen, Fang Huang, Ji-Min Fan, Xiao-Wei Shi, Yan-Kai Ju
Connexion 43 (Cx43), a gap junction protein, is expressed abundantly in the airway and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of asthma. However, the effects of blocking Cx43 in asthma remain unclear. We investigated the therapeutic effects of two specific Cx43 inhibitors (Gap26 and Gap27) on the development of allergic airway disease in mice. Allergic asthma was induced in BALB/c mice by sensitization and challenge with ovalbumin (OVA). Different doses of Cx43 inhibitors were administered by aerosol inhalation 1 h after OVA challenge on days 21 and 23...
February 2018: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Jiusheng Wang
Asthma is one of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases of childhood, characterized by airway inflammation, mucus hypersecretion, and accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins. Casticin is an active compound that possesses broad biological activities including anti-inflammatory effect. However, the effect of casticin on asthma remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect and mechanism of casticin on inflammatory responses and expression of mucus and extracellular matrix in human airway epithelial cells...
March 6, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Shuai Ren, Yan Shi, Maolin Cai, Hongmei Zhao, Zhaozhi Zhang, Xiaohua Douglas Zhang
Coughing is an irritable reaction that protects the respiratory system from infection and improves mucus clearance. However, for the patients who cannot cough autonomously, an assisted cough device is essential for mucus clearance. Considering the low efficiency of current assisted cough devices, a new simulated cough device based on the pneumatic system is proposed in this paper. Given the uncertainty of airflow rates necessary to clear mucus from airways, the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) Eulerian Wall Film (EWF) model and cough efficiency (CE) were used in this study to simulate the cough process and evaluate cough effectiveness...
March 5, 2018: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
Wuping Bao, Yingying Zhang, Min Zhang, Aihua Bao, Xia Fei, Xue Zhang, Xin Zhou
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to explore the influence of ozone repeated short exposures on airway/lung inflammation, airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) and airway hypersecretion in ovalbumin (OVA) sensitized/challenged asthmatic mouse model. METHODS: OVA sensitization was performing by intraperitoneal injection. Ozone exposures (3ppm for 3hours) were given one hour after aerosolized OVA challenges (once every other day, 4 times totally). Methacholine (MCH) bronchial provocation tests, Liu's staining of BALF cell smears, hematoxylin-eosin (HE) staining and Periodic Acid-Schiff (PAS) staining of lung tissue were performed...
February 27, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Su Ui Lee, Seoghyun Lee, Hyunju Ro, Ji-Hee Choi, Hyung Won Ryu, Mun-Ock Kim, Heung Joo Yuk, Jinhyuk Lee, Sung-Tae Hong, Sei-Ryang Oh
BACKGROUND: Piscroside C, isolated from Pseudolysimachion rotundum var. subintegrum, is a novel iridoid glycoside with therapeutic efficacy in a mouse model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Piscroside C has been reported as a constituent of YPL-001 (under Phase 2a study, identifier NCT02272634). PURPOSE: To investigate the mechanisms behind piscroside C therapeutic effects on COPD in human airway epithelial NCI-H292 cells. METHODS: We tested if piscroside C effectively suppresses MUC5AC gene expression and TNF-RSC/IKK/NF-κB cascades in TNF-α-stimulated NCI-H292 cells by employing, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, luciferase reporter assays, chromatin immunoprecipitation assays and immunoprecipitation...
February 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Hyo Jung Sim, Sang-Hyun Kim, Kyung-Jae Myung, Taejoon Kwon, Hyun-Shik Lee, Tae Joo Park
The airway epithelium in human plays a central role as the first line of defense against environmental contaminants. Most respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and respiratory infections, disturb normal muco-ciliary functions by stimulating the hypersecretion of mucus. Several muco-active agents have been used to treat hypersecretion symptoms in patients. Current muco-active reagents control mucus secretion by modulating either airway inflammation, cholinergic parasympathetic nerve activities or by reducing the viscosity by cleaving crosslinking in mucin and digesting DNAs in mucus...
2018: PloS One
Changwan Ryu, Daniel Boffa, Kyle Bramley, Margaret Pisani, Jonathan Puchalski
RATIONALE: Airway stabilization for severe, symptomatic tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) may be accomplished by silicone Y-stent placement. Common complications of the Y-stent include mucus plugging and granulation tissue formation. PATIENT CONCERNS: We describe a rare case of massive hemoptysis originating from a silicone Y-stent placed for TBM. DIAGNOSES: An emergent bronchoscopy showed an actively bleeding, pulsatile vessel at the distal end of the left bronchial limb of the Y-stent...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Guillermo Foncerrada, Derek M Culnan, Karel D Capek, Sagrario González-Trejo, Janos Cambiaso-Daniel, Lee C Woodson, David N Herndon, Celeste C Finnerty, Jong O Lee
Inhalation injury causes a heterogeneous cascade of insults that increase morbidity and mortality among the burn population. Despite major advancements in burn care for the past several decades, there remains a significant burden of disease attributable to inhalation injury. For this reason, effort has been devoted to finding new therapeutic approaches to improve outcomes for patients who sustain inhalation injuries.The three major injury classes are the following: supraglottic, subglottic, and systemic. Treatment options for these three subtypes differ based on the pathophysiologic changes that each one elicits...
February 15, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Qian-Lin Yu, Zhangbo Chen
Asthma is a complex disease. The heterogeneity of airway inflammation during asthma indicates there are different mechanisms involved. In order to further study the mechanisms of asthma, different mouse models were established to mimic corresponding subtypes of asthma in clinic. Eosinophilic asthma was established by intraperitoneal injections of ovalbumin (OVA) on day 0 and day 7, followed by inhalation of aerosolized OVA on days 14-17. Neutrophilic asthma was established by transtracheal administration of a high dose of lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 10 µg) on days 15 and 17 in combination with OVA sensitization and challenge as described previously...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Siyu Li, Zhiping Miao, Ye Tian, Haoyu Wang, Shuai Wang, Tianyuan He, Yue Yang, Peng Wang, Mengyao Ma, Tuanmin Yang, Tao Chen, Zhiyong Liu, Junhong Gao, Chu Chen, Airong Qian
Airway inflammation is the major pathological feature of asthma. Thus, the current therapeutic strategy for asthma is to control inflammation. Limethason, an anti-inflammation drug, is widely used in rheumatoid arthritis treatment. The aim of the present study was to detect the anti-inflammatory effect and side effects of limethason on airways that were sensitized with ovalbumin in a murine model of chronic asthma. In the present study, BALB/c mice were sensitized with ovalbumin. Airway hyperresponsiveness was estimated, and hematoxylin and eosin staining, Periodic acid-Schiff staining and bronchoalveolar lavage were used to detect the effect on chronic asthma...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Yong Wang, Jie-Sen Zhou, Xu-Chen Xu, Zhou-Yang Li, Hai-Pin Chen, Song-Min Ying, Wen Li, Hua-Hao Shen, Zhi-Hua Chen
Introduction: Bronchial epithelial cell death and airway inflammation induced by cigarette smoke (CS) have been involved in the pathogenesis of COPD. GRP78, belonging to heat shock protein 70 family, has been implicated in cell death and inflammation, while little is known about its roles in COPD. Here, we demonstrate that GRP78 regulates CS-induced necroptosis and injury in bronchial epithelial cells. Materials and methods: GRP78 and necroptosis markers were examined in human bronchial epithelial (HBE) cell line, primary mouse tracheal epithelial cells, and mouse lungs...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Hidehiko Suzuki, Takahiro Nagatake, Ayaka Nasu, Huangwenxian Lan, Koji Ikegami, Mitsutoshi Setou, Yoko Hamazaki, Hiroshi Kiyono, Kiyohito Yagi, Masuo Kondoh, Jun Kunisawa
Vaccine delivery is an essential element for the development of mucosal vaccine, but it remains to be investigated how physical barriers such as mucus and cilia affect vaccine delivery efficacy. Previously, we reported that C-terminal fragment of Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin (C-CPE) targeted claudin-4, which is expressed by the epithelium associated with nasopharynx-associated lymphoid tissue (NALT), and could be effective as a nasal vaccine delivery. Mice lacking tubulin tyrosine ligase-like family, member 1 (Ttll1-KO mice) showed mucus accumulation in nasal cavity due to the impaired motility of respiratory cilia...
February 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Gokce Alp, Nihal Aydogan
Effective and efficient spreading of drug formulations on the pulmonary mucosal layer is key to successful delivery of therapeutics through the lungs. Pulmonary mucus layer, which covers the airway surface, acts as a barrier against therapeutic agents, especially in the case of chronic lung diseases due to increased thickness and viscosity of mucus. Therefore, spreading of the drug formulations on the airways gets harder. Although spreading experiments have been conducted with different types of formulations on mucus-mimicking subphases, a highly effective formulation is yet to be discovered...
February 13, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
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