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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427296/predictors-of-response-to-therapy-with-omalizumab-in-patients-with-severe-allergic-asthma-a-real-life-study
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Maria Kallieri, Andriana I Papaioannou, Evgenia Papathanasiou, Polyxeni Ntontsi, Spyridon Papiris, Stelios Loukides
INTRODUCTION: Omalizumab is a recombinant humanized IgG1 monoclonal anti-IgE antibody, used for the treatment of severe refractory allergic asthma. However, not all patients with IgE levels within the limits of administration, respond to treatment. The aim of the present study, was to determine clinical and inflammatory characteristics that could predict response to omalizumab. METHODS: We studied retrospectively patients treated with omalizumab as per GINA guidelines in one asthma tertiary referral center...
April 21, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424691/increased-autophagy-related-5-gene-expression-is-associated-with-collagen-expression-in-the-airways-of-refractory-asthmatics
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Audrey H Poon, David F Choy, Fazila Chouiali, Rakhee K Ramakrishnan, Bassam Mahboub, Severine Audusseau, Andrea Mogas, Jeffrey M Harris, Joseph R Arron, Catherine Laprise, Qutayba Hamid
BACKGROUND: Fibrosis, particularly excessive collagen deposition, presents a challenge for treating asthmatic individuals. At present, no drugs can remove or reduce excessive collagen in asthmatic airways. Hence, the identification of pathways involved in collagen deposition would help to generate therapeutic targets to interfere with the airway remodeling process. Autophagy, a cellular degradation process, has been shown to be dysregulated in various fibrotic diseases, and genetic association studies in independent human populations have identified autophagy-related 5 (ATG5) to be associated with asthma pathogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413387/successful-treatment-of-a-bullous-pemphigoid-patient-with-rituximab-who-was-refractory-to-corticosteroid-and-omalizumab-treatments
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Aslı Bilgiç Temel, Cumhur Ibrahim Bassorgun, Ayşe Akman-Karakaş, Erkan Alpsoy, Soner Uzun
Omalizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody which is an FDA-approved treatment of severe allergic asthma and inhibits IgE binding to FcεRI. According to increasing evidence of IgE inhibition, omalizumab was suggested as a therapeutic approach for bullous pemphigoid (BP). Rituximab has been reported to be effective in various autoimmune diseases, including autoimmune bullous dermatoses. A specific protocol for the use of rituximab to treat BP patients is not yet available. There are only small case series and case reports about the efficacy and safety of rituximab in BP...
January 2017: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407269/clinical-functional-and-inflammatory-characteristics-in-patients-with-pauci-granulocytic-stable-asthma-comparison-with-different-sputum-phenotypes
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Polyxeni Ntontsi, Stelios Loukides, Petros Bakakos, Konstantinos Kostikas, Georgios Papatheodorou, Evgenia Papathanassiou, Georgios Hillas, Nikolaos Koulouris, Spyros Papiris, Andriana I Papaioannou
BACKGROUND: According to induced sputum cell count, four different asthma phenotypes have been recognised(eosinophilic, neutrophilic, mixed and pauci-granulocytic). The aim of the present study was to detect functional and inflammatory characteristics of patients with pauci-granulocytic asthma. METHODS: 240 asthmatic patients were categorised in the four phenotypes according to cell counts in induced sputum. All patients underwent pulmonary function tests, and measurement of FeNO...
April 13, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387090/-how-to-approach-a-chronic-cough
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R Louis
Cough is the most common symptom for which patients seek medical attention. Chronic cough is defined when the symptom lasts for more than 8 weeks. It significantly alters quality of life. Chronic cough may be the dominant symptom which reveals a large number of diseases, not only respiratory. It is classic to distinguish chronic cough according to the chest X Ray results. In case of normal chest X ray, which is the most frequent condition, the diagnosis of tobacco-associated chronic bronchitis, drug induced cough, asthma, oesophageal reflux and rhinosinusitis should be considered...
February 2017: Revue Médicale de Liège
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386156/genotyping-of-il-4-590-c-t-gene-in-iraqi-asthma-patients
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Ihsan A Hussein, Saddam H Jaber
This study is the first investigation in Iraq dealing with genotyping of IL-4 -590 (C>T) gene, especially in Iraqi patients with asthma. We studied forty-eight blood samples collected from patients with asthma and compared with age-matched 25 healthy individuals as controls. The polymorphism results of IL-4 -590 (C>T) gene by using amplification refractory mutation system (ARMS-PCR) showed the presence of C and T alleles and three genotypes (CC, CT, and TT). Interestingly the frequency of C allele and CC genotype was higher in patients with asthma in comparison with the same allele and genotype in control (P 1 × 10(-6))...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363401/neutrophilic-steroid-refractory-recurrent-wheeze-and-eosinophilic-steroid-refractory-asthma-in-children
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Tamazoust Guiddir, Philippe Saint-Pierre, Elsa Purenne-Denis, Nathalie Lambert, Yacine Laoudi, Rémy Couderc, Rahelé Gouvis-Echraghi, Flore Amat, Jocelyne Just
BACKGROUND: Little is known about inflammatory pathways of severe recurrent wheeze in preschool children and severe asthma in children. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the Severe Asthma Molecular Phenotype cohort was to characterize phenotypes of severe recurrent wheeze and severe asthma during childhood in terms of triggers (allergic or not), involved cells (eosinophil or neutrophil), and corticoid responsiveness. METHODS: Children with moderate-to-severe asthma and preschool children with moderate-to-severe recurrent wheeze were enrolled prospectively...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348726/targeting-patients-with-asthma-for-omalizumab-therapy-choosing-the-right-patient-to-get-the-best-value-for-money
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Abir Al Said, Breda Cushen, Richard W Costello
The asthma syndrome has many manifestations, termed phenotypes, that arise by specific cellular and molecular mechanisms, termed endotypes. Understanding an individual's asthma phenotype helps clinicians make rational therapeutic decisions while the understanding of endotypes has led to the development of specific precision medications. Allergic asthma is an example of an asthma phenotype and omalizumab, a monoclonal antibody that neutralizes serum immunoglobulin (Ig)E, is a specific targeted treatment which was developed as a result of an understanding of the endotype of allergic asthma...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337408/eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-formerly-known-as-churg-strauss-syndrome-as-a-differential-diagnosis-of-hypereosinophilic-syndromes
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Yuri Albuquerque Pessoa Santos, Bruno Rangel Antunes Silva, Pollyanna Natividade Zanconato Barros Assis Lira, Luiz Carlos Aguiar Vaz, Thiago Thomaz Mafort, Leonardo Palermo Bruno, Agnaldo José Lopes
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), formerly known as Churg-Strauss syndrome, is a rare systemic disease situated between primary small vessel vasculitides associated with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs) and hypereosinophilic syndromes (HES). Here, we present a case of EGPA in a 38-year-old male, with a previous diagnosis of asthma, who presented with fever, migratory lung infiltrates and systemic eosinophilia that was refractory to previous courses of antibiotics. This case highlights the importance of the primary care physician understanding the differential diagnosis of pulmonary eosinophilic syndromes...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314658/management-of-chronic-inducible-urticaria-according-to-the-guidelines-a-prospective-controlled-study
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Emek Kocatürk, Pelin Kuteyla Can, Pırıl Etikan Akbas, Mehmet Copur, Ece Nur Degirmentepe, Kübra Kızıltac, Ralfi Singer
BACKGROUND: The recommended treatment approach in chronic inducible urticarias (CIndU) is the same as that for chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU). But there is a lack of controlled trials assessing efficacy of available treatment options. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of treatment algorithm recommended by the guidelines and comparison of treatment responses in CIndU vs CSU. METHODS: This prospective parallel group controlled study included 70 CIndU and 66 CSU patients...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294420/chronic-urticaria-in-the-real-life-clinical-practice-setting-in-sweden-norway-and-denmark-baseline-results-from-the-non-interventional-multicentre-aware-study
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S F Thomsen, E C Pritzier, C D Anderson, N Vaugelade-Baust, R Dodge, A-K Dahlborn, C Vestergaard
BACKGROUND: Chronic urticaria (CU) is characterized by the recurrence of itchy hives and/or angioedema for more than 6 weeks. AWARE (A World-wide Antihistamine-Refractory Chronic Urticaria Patient Evaluation) is a multinational study designed to document the real-life treatment situation, burden of disease and clinical resource usage of H1-antihistamine-refractory CU patients. OBJECTIVE: To examine baseline data from Scandinavian AWARE patients. METHODS: AWARE is a prospective, non-interventional, multinational, umbrella design study, which includes adults (≥18 years) with a confirmed CU diagnosis (>2 months) that is refractory to H1-antihistamines...
March 10, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267764/ex-vivo-modulation-of-the-foxo1-phosphorylation-state-does-not-lead-to-dysfunction-of-t-regulatory-cells
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Kristen Kelley Penberthy, Monica Weaver Buckley, Sanja Arandjelovic, Kodi Ravichandran
Peripheral regulatory CD4+ T cells (Treg cells) prevent maladaptive inflammatory responses to innocuous foreign antigens. Treg cell dysfunction has been linked to many inflammatory diseases, including allergic airway inflammation. Glucocorticoids that are used to treat allergic airway inflammation and asthma are thought to work in part by promoting Treg cell differentiation; patients who are refractory to these drugs have defective induction of anti-inflammatory Treg cells. Previous observations suggest that Treg cells deficient in the transcription factor FoxO1 are pro-inflammatory, and that FoxO1 activity is regulated by its phosphorylation status and nuclear localization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263381/obesity-promotes-prolonged-ovalbumin-induced-airway-inflammation-modulating-t-helper-type-1-th1-th2-and-th17-immune-responses-in-balb-c-mice
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F M C Silva, E E Oliveira, A C C Gouveia, A S S Brugiolo, C C Alves, J O A Correa, J Gameiro, J Mattes, H C Teixeira, A P Ferreira
Clinical and epidemiological studies indicate that obesity affects the development and phenotype of asthma by inducing inflammatory mechanisms in addition to eosinophilic inflammation. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of obesity on allergic airway inflammation and T helper type 2 (Th2) immune responses using an experimental model of asthma in BALB/c mice. Mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) for 10 weeks were sensitized and challenged with ovalbumin (OVA), and analyses were performed at 24 and 48 h after the last OVA challenge...
March 6, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260352/extra-esophageal-presentation-of-gerd-new-understanding-in-a-new-era
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Irene Martinucci, Eleonora Albano, Santino Marchi, Corrado Blandizzi
Associations of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with extraesophageal manifestations, such as chronic cough, asthma, and laryngitis, are reported frequently, and there is a strong evidence of biological plausibility in support of this relationship. On the other hand, extraesophageal reflux disease (EERD) is usually multifactorial in nature with reflux being just one of the several potential contributing cofactors. Moreover, the accuracy of currently available diagnostic tests for EERD is suboptimal, and therefore the causal relationship between GERD and EERD remains far from being conclusively proven...
March 3, 2017: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248008/can-biomarkers-help-us-hit-targets-in-difficult-to-treat-asthma
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REVIEW
Michael Fricker, Liam G Heaney, John W Upham
Biomarkers may be a key foundation for the precision medicine of the future. In this article, we review current knowledge regarding biomarkers in difficult-to-treat asthma and their ability to guide the use of both conventional asthma therapies and novel (targeted) therapies. Biomarkers (as measured by tests including prednisolone and cortisol assays and the fractional exhaled nitric oxide (NO) suppression test) show promise in the assessment and management of non-adherence to inhaled and oral corticosteroids...
April 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208047/targeted-therapy-for-chronic-respiratory-disease-a-new-paradigm
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REVIEW
Peter G Gibson, Matthew J Peters, Claire E Wainwright
Targeted therapy has emerged as a highly effective treatment approach for chronic respiratory diseases. Many of these conditions have dismal outcomes; however, targeted therapy shows great results for the subgroup who respond. This represents a new way to approach these conditions and offers great promise as a future treatment direction. In severe eosinophilic asthma, therapy that targets the interleukin-5 pathway with monoclonal antibodies leads to a 50% reduction in asthma exacerbations in previously refractory disease...
February 20, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197221/factors-leading-to-refractory-asthma-in-patients-from-saudi-arabia
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Amal M Al-Moamary, Mohamed S Al-Hajjaj, Mohamed S Al Moamary
AIM: The aim of this study was to study the clinical characteristic of patient with refractory asthma (RA) from Saudi Arabia. METHODS: This paper prospectively studied in a university hospital factors leading to RA in a cohort of patients who have inadequately controlled asthma or with frequent exacerbations despite optimum controller therapy. It also studied patients with asthma that requires extended periods of oral steroids to control. RESULTS: The mean age was 45...
January 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194434/corticosteroids-inhibit-anti-ige-activities-of-specialized-proresolving-mediators-on-b-cells-from-asthma-patients
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Nina Kim, Thomas H Thatcher, Patricia J Sime, Richard P Phipps
Specialized proresolving mediators (SPMs) promote the resolution of inflammation and exert beneficial effects in animal models of chronic inflammatory diseases, including asthma. Previously, we have shown that certain SPMs reduce IgE production in B cells from healthy individuals, which has a critical role in allergic asthma. Here, we investigated the effects of SPMs on B cell IgE production in asthma patients. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from asthma patients were treated with 17-HDHA or RvD1, and IgE levels were measured...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187115/clinical-course-of-enterovirus-d68-in-hospitalized-children
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Jennifer E Schuster, Rangaraj Selvarangan, Ferdaus Hassan, Kayla B Briggs, Lindsay Hays, Jenna O Miller, Barbara Pahud, Henry T Puls, Mary Ann Queen, Marita T Thompson, Gina Weddle, Mary Anne Jackson
BACKGROUND: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been sporadically reported as a cause of respiratory tract infections. In 2014, an international outbreak of EV-D68 occurred and caused severe respiratory disease in the pediatric population. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed of children admitted to Children's Mercy Hospital from August 1, 2014, to September 15, 2014, with positive multiplex polymerase chain reaction testing for EV/rhinovirus (RV). Specimens were subsequently tested for EV-D68, and clinical data were obtained from the medical records...
March 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187065/clinical-course-of-enterovirus-d68-in-hospitalized-children
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Jennifer E Schuster, Rangaraj Selvarangan, Ferdaus Hassan, Kayla B Briggs, Lindsay Hays, Jenna O Miller, Barbara Pahud, Henry T Puls, Mary Ann Queen, Marita T Thompson, Gina Weddle, Mary Anne Jackson
BACKGROUND: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been sporadically reported as a cause of respiratory tract infections. In 2014, an international outbreak of EV-D68 occurred and caused severe respiratory disease in the pediatric population. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed of children admitted to Children's Mercy Hospital from August 1-September 15, 2014 with positive multiplex PCR testing for enterovirus/rhinovirus (EV/RV). Specimens were subsequently tested for EV-D68, and clinical data were obtained from the medical records...
December 13, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
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