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Dexamethasone asthma

Konrad Pazdrak, Christof Straub, Rosario Maroto, Susan Stafford, Wendy I White, William J Calhoun, Alexander Kurosky
The mechanisms contributing to persistent eosinophil activation and poor eosinopenic response to glucocorticoids in severe asthma are poorly defined. We examined the effect of cytokines typically overexpressed in the asthmatic airways on glucocorticoid signaling in in vitro activated eosinophils. An annexin V assay used to measure eosinophil apoptosis showed that cytokine combinations of IL-2 plus IL-4 as well as TNF-α plus IFN-γ, or IL-3, GM-CSF, and IL-5 alone significantly diminished the proapoptotic response to dexamethasone...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
L Mascarell, S Airouche, N Berjont, C Gary, C Gueguen, G Fourcade, B Bellier, D Togbe, B Ryffel, D Klatzmann, V Baron-Bodo, P Moingeon
The complement subunit C1q was recently identified as a marker for monocyte-derived regulatory dendritic cells supporting the differentiation of interleukin (IL)-10-secreting CD4(+) T cells with a suppressive activity. Furthermore, C1q expression is upregulated in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of allergic patients in the course of successful allergen immunotherapy. Herein, we investigated a potential direct role of C1q in downregulating allergic inflammation. In mice with ovalbumin (OVA) or birch pollen (BP)-induced allergic asthma, C1q is as efficacious as dexamethasone to reduce both airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR), eosinophil, and ILC2 infiltrates in bronchoalveolar lavages, as well as allergen-specific T helper 2 cells in the lungs...
October 12, 2016: Mucosal Immunology
Z Arıkan-Ayyıldız, M Karaman, S Özbal, A Bağrıyanık, O Yilmaz, Ö Karaman, N Uzuner
BACKGROUND: Parthenolide is the active constituent of the plant 'Tanacetum parthenium' (Feverfew) which has been used for centuries as a folk remedy for inflammatory conditions. AIM OF THE STUDY: In this study we aimed to investigate the effects of parthenolide in a murine model of chronic asthma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-five BALB/c mice were divided into five groups; I (control), II (placebo), III (dexamethasone), IV (parthenolide) and V (dexamethasone and parthenolide combination)...
October 4, 2016: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
Thomas Southworth, Jonathan Plumb, Vandana Gupta, James Pearson, Isabel Ramis, Martin D Lehner, Montserrat Miralpeix, Dave Singh
BACKGROUND: Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase delta (PI3Kδ) and Janus-activated kinases (JAK) are both novel anti-inflammatory targets in asthma that affect lymphocyte activation. We have investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of PI3Kδ and JAK inhibition on cytokine release from asthma bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cells and T-cell activation, and measured lung PI3Kδ and JAK signalling pathway expression. METHOD: Cells isolated from asthma patients and healthy subjects were treated with PI3Kδ or JAK inhibitors, and/or dexamethasone, before T-cell receptor stimulation...
October 4, 2016: Respiratory Research
Xia Yang, Jian-Ning Lv, Hui Li, Bo Jiao, Qiu-Hong Zhang, Yong Zhang, Jie Zhang, Yan-Qin Liu, Ming Zhang, Hu Shan, Jin-Zhao Zhang, Run-Miao Wu, Ya-Li Li
OBJECTIVES: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory, heterogeneous airway disease affecting millions of people around the world. Curcumin has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antifibrosis effects. Researchers reported that curcumin regulated Wnt/b-catenin signaling in lots of cells. However, whether curcumin regulates the levels of Wnt/ b-Catenin signaling in lung tissues and DCs (dendritic cells) remains unclear. In this study, we assessed the effects of curcumin on DCs and asthma. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice immunized with OVA (ovalbumin) were challenged thrice with an aerosol of OVA every second day for 8 days...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Y H Xie, X P Li, Z X Xu, P Qian, X L Li, Y Q Wang
In this research, compound Maqin decoction (CMD) has been shown to positively affect in airway inflammation of asthma models. We evaluated the effects of CMD on the expression of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1/Smad proteins, interleukin (IL)-17, and IL-10 in lung tissue of asthmatic rats. Asthma was induced in a rat model using ovalbumin. After a 4-week treatment with CMD, rats were killed to evaluate the expression of TGF-β1 and Smad proteins in lung tissue. IL-10 and IL-17 levels in lung tissue homogenates were determined by ELISA...
September 2, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Yan Hua Kong, Qi Shi, Na Han, Ling Zhang, Yuan Yuan Zhang, Tong Xin Gao, Chen Chen, You Lin Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether recuperating lung decoction (RLD) can modulate the composition of gut microbiota in rats during asthma treatment. METHODS: Fifteen Sprague-Dawley rats were divided randomly and equally into control group, model group, dexamethasone (DEX) group, RLD medium-dose group, and RLD high-dose group. The asthma model was established in all groups, except for the control group. The rats in the DEX and RLD groups were treated orally with DEX and RLD, respectively...
August 2016: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
Shuang Feng, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Wen-Juan Gao, Xu-Hua Bian, Rui-Ming Shi
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of the change in transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channel activity on the degree of airway inflammation in asthmatic mice. METHODS: BALB/c mice were randomly divided into control, asthma, capsaicin (TRPV1 agonist), capsazepine (TRPV1 antagonist), and dexamethasone groups. The asthmatic mouse model was established by intraperitoneal injection of mixed ovalbumin-aluminium hydroxide solution and ultrasonic atomization with OVA for sensitization and challenge...
September 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Yuan Ren, Xinming Su, Lingfei Kong, Menglu Li, Xuan Zhao, Na Yu, Jian Kang
OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: To investigate the therapeutic effects of various HDAC inhibitors on the development of chronic allergic airway disease in mice with airway inflammation, airway remodeling, and airway hyperresponsiveness. SUBJECTS: Wild-type BALB/C mice (N = 72). TREATMENT: Tubastatin A HCl [TSA, a selective histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) inhibitor], PCI-34051 (a selective HDAC8 inhibitor), and givinostat (a broad-spectrum HDAC inhibitor that inhibits class I and class II HDACs and several pro-inflammatory cytokines)...
August 26, 2016: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
Allen F Shaughnessy
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August 15, 2016: American Family Physician
Takeshi Yano, Tetsu Yonaha, Koutaro Hidaka, Masumi Nagahama, Tomohiro Koshida, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Masahiko Taniguchi, Isao Tsuneyoshi
Yokkaichi asthma was one of the most common environmental pollution diseases in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s. The problem of air pollution in Yokkaichi was solved in the 1970s. However, mortality and life expectancy were still affected by the late effects of air pollution in patients with Yokkaichi asthma even in the 2000s. In this case report, we described the experience of successful treatment of a patient with severe asthmatic status due to Yokkaichi asthma. A 40s-year-old man, who was officially certified as a patient with Yokkaichi asthma from his infancy, was admitted to hospital due to acute exacerbation of asthma...
2016: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Fahad Aljebab, Mofadhi Alanazi, Imti Choonara, Sharon Conroy
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids are used to treat a variety of medical conditions including acute asthma and croup where they are often given in short-courses. Epidemiological studies in Saudi Arabia show an increasing prevalence of respiratory diseases such as asthma in the past three decades.1 This study aimed to evaluate the tolerability and palatability of oral prednisolone and dexamethasone in children in Saudi Arabia. Both drugs are available in different formulations from different pharmaceutical companies...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Poonam Arora, S H Ansari, Abul Kalam Najmi, Varisha Anjum, Sayeed Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Fruits of Vitis vinifera L., commonly known as grapes, are largely consumed worldwide because of their high nutritional and medicinal benefits. CONTEXT AND PURPOSE: The present study investigated effects of V. vinifera fruits in ovalbumin-induced animal model of bronchial asthma. METHODS: Male wistar rats (except group 1) were sensitized with allergen (ovalbumin, 40 mg/rat + aluminum hydroxide, 2 mg/rat). Groups of sensitized animals were treated orally with either vehicle (0...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Kefei Wu, Jiexian Ma, Weiya Bai, Xiaoxian Cui, Tao Han, Shiyuan Wang, Youhua Xie, Yanhui Xie
Regulatory T (Treg) cells play an important role in allergic airway diseases, and upregulation of Treg cells is a potential therapeutic strategy for asthma. In this study, we show that short-term intratracheal use of IL-2 combined with glucocorticoid alleviates antigen-induced airway inflammation and reduces airway hyperresponsiveness by expanding antigen-nonspecific Treg cells, with a decrease in T helper 2 (Th2) cells and Th2-associated cytokines. We also designed a long-acting polyethylene glycol (PEG)-modified IL-2 and demonstrated that the optimal dosage form is IL-2(PEG) plus budesonide, which can upregulate Treg cells and ameliorate asthma at a lower dose...
2016: Scientific Reports
Poonam Arora, S H Ansari, Varisha Anjum, Rajani Mathur, Sayeed Ahmad
ETHNO-PHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Kanakasava is an Indian traditional Ayurvedic formulation containing Datura (Datura metel), Vasaca (Adhatoda vasica), Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa) and Grape (Vitis vinifera) extracts as major constituents and used to treat pulmonary diseases including coughing, breathing difficulty and asthma. The present study was designed to assess the safety and therapeutic efficacy of Kanakasava against ovalbumin-induced bronchial asthma and related airway inflammation in rats due to lack of evidence based therapeutic efficacy data...
August 5, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
L Chachi, M Abbasian, A Gavrila, A Alzahrani, O Tliba, P Bradding, A J Wardlaw, C Brightling, Y Amrani
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms driving glucocorticoid (GC) insensitivity in patients with severe asthma are still unknown. Recent evidence suggests the existence of GC-insensitive pathways in airway smooth muscle (ASM) caused by a defect in GC receptor (GRα) function. We examined whether other mechanisms could potentially explain the reduced sensitivity of ASM cells to GC in severe asthmatics. METHODS: Airway smooth muscle cells from healthy and severe asthmatic subjects were treated with TNF-α and responses to corticosteroids in both cohorts were compared by ELISA, immunoblot, immunohistochemistry and real-time PCR...
August 9, 2016: Allergy
Nagla A El-Sherbeeny, Zeinab A Hassan, Hayam Ateyya
Airway remodeling includes lung structural changes that have a role in the irreversibility of pulmonary dysfunction shown in chronic bronchial asthmatics. The current experiment investigated the effect of the mitochondrial antioxidant, tiron in comparison with dexamethasone (DEXA) on airway remodeling in chronic asthma. Sensitized BALB/c mice were challenged with ovalbumin (OVA) aerosol for 8weeks, OVA sensitized-challenged mice were treated with either DEXA or tiron, respectively. After that, lung tissue and bronchoaveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were used for measurement of different biological markers...
October 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Philip J Austin, Eleni Tsitsiou, Charlotte Boardman, Simon W Jones, Mark A Lindsay, Ian M Adcock, Kian Fan Chung, Mark M Perry
BACKGROUND: The mechanism underlying nonsevere and severe asthma remains unclear, although it is commonly associated with increased airway smooth muscle (ASM) mass. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are known to be important in regulating healthy primary airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs), whereas changed expression has been observed in CD8 T cells from patients with severe asthma. METHODS: Primary ASMCs were isolated from healthy subjects (n = 9) and patients classified as having nonsevere (n = 9) or severe (n = 9) asthma...
July 2, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Dian Dowling Evans, Glenn Clinton Shedd
The Research to Practice column is intended to improve the research critique skills of the advanced practice registered nurse and emergency nurse (RN) and to assist with the translation of research into practice. For each column, a topic and a research study are selected. The stage is set with a case presentation. The research article is then reviewed and critiqued, and the findings are discussed in relation to the case presented. In the current column, we examine the findings of from their article, titled "Two Days of Dexamethasone Versus 5 Days of Prednisone in the Treatment of Acute Asthma: A Randomized Controlled Trial...
July 2016: Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal
Camila Pivari Pedroso Sakoda, Alessandra Choqueta de Toledo, Adenir Perini, Nathalia Montouro Pinheiro, Meire Ioshie Hiyane, Simone Dos Santos Grecco, Iolanda de Fátima Lopes Calvo Tibério, Niels Olsen Saraiva Câmara, Milton de Arruda Martins, João Henrique Ghilardi Lago, Renato Fraga Righetti, Carla Máximo Prado
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Asthma is a disease of high prevalence and morbidity that generates high costs in hospitalization and treatment. Although the airway is involved in the physiopathology of asthma, there is also evidence of the importance of vascular and lung parenchyma inflammation and remodeling, which can contribute to the functional pulmonary alterations observed in asthmatic patients. Our aim was to evaluate treatment using sakuranetin, a flavone isolated from the twigs of Baccharis retusa (Asteraceae), on vascular and lung parenchyma alterations in an experimental murine model of asthma...
July 2016: Acta Histochemica
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