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Airway smooth muscle

Wen Gu, Rong Cui, Tao Ding, Xiaoming Li, Juan Peng, Weiguo Xu, Fengfeng Han, Xuejun Guo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Statins have been widely used in inflammatory diseases including asthma, because of their anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. It has been shown that simvastatin induces autophagy and cell death in some circumstances. However, the possible cross-talk between simvastatin and autophagic processes in lung disease is largely unknown. Thus, we investigated the impact of simvastatin on airway inflammation and airway remodelling and the possible relationship of these processes to a simvastatin-induced autophagic pathway in mouse models of asthma...
October 26, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Behjat Javadi, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Seyed Ahmad Emami
OBJECTIVE: To search major Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM) textbooks for medicinal plants used to treat asthma. The conformity of the TPM findings on the anti-asthmatic efficacy of plants with the findings of pharmacological studies was also explored. METHODS: Major TPM textbooks were hand searched to find medicinal plants used for the treatment of asthma. Scientific names of TPM-suggested plants were determined using botanical databases and were used for a multi-database electronic search in PubMed, Scopus, ScienceDirect and Google Scholar databases...
October 21, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Seyyed Shamsadin Athari, Zahra Pourpak, Gert Folkerts, Johan Garssen, Mostafa Moin, Ian M Adcock, Masoud Movassaghi, Mehdi Shafiee Ardestani, Seyed Mohammad Moazzeni, Esmaeil Mortaz
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by airway inflammation, bronchoconstriction, airway hyperresponsiveness and recurring attacks of impaired breathing. Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) has been proposed as a novel anti-asthma drug due to its effects on airway smooth muscle relaxation, bronchodilation and vasodilation along with its immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties. In the current study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of VIP when conjugated with α-alumina nanoparticle (α-AN) to prevent enzymatic degradation of VIP in the respiratory tract...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Alessandro Rubini, Vincenzo Catena, Daniele Del Monte, Gerardo Bosco
CONTEXT: Calcium channel blockers may theoretically exhibit relaxing effects not only on vascular smooth muscle but also on airway smooth muscle. OBJECTIVE: To investigate possible effects of nifedipine on respiratory mechanics in the rat. METHODS: Respiratory system mechanical parameters were measured by the end-inflation occlusion method in the rat in vivo before and after the intraperitoneal administration of nifedipine. RESULTS: We found that nifedipine affects respiratory mechanics, inducing a reduction of airway resistance and of respiratory system elastance, probably because of a relaxing action on airway and parenchimal smooth muscle cells...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Matthias Jacob, Daniel Chappell, Bernhard F Becker
Oxygen delivery to cells is the basic prerequisite of life. Within the human body, an ingenious oxygen delivery system, comprising steps of convection and diffusion from the upper airways via the lungs and the cardiovascular system to the microvascular area, bridges the gap between oxygen in the outside airspace and the interstitial space around the cells. However, the complexity of this evolutionary development makes us prone to pathophysiological problems. While those problems related to respiration and macrohemodynamics have already been successfully addressed by modern medicine, the pathophysiology of the microcirculation is still often a closed book in daily practice...
October 21, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Hye Seon Kang, Chin Kook Rhee, Hea Yon Lee, Hyoung Kyu Yoon, Soon Seok Kwon, Sook Young Lee
Background/Aims: Inhaled corticosteroids are the most effective treatment currently available for asthma, but their beneficial effect against airway remodeling is limited. The tyrosine kinase inhibitor nilotinib has inhibitory activity against c-kit and the platelet-derived growth factor receptor. We compared the effects of fluticasone and nilotinib on airway remodeling in a chronic asthma model. We also examined whether co-treatment with nilotinib and fluticasone had any synergistic effect in preventing airway remodeling...
October 20, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Gulgun Cetintas Afsar, Ozlem Oruc, Sema Sarac, Özgür Bilgin Topçuoğlu, Cuneyt Salturk, Fatma Merve Tepetam, Ismet Bulut
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep disorder affecting 2-4 % of the adult population. In addition to several potential mechanisms, inflammation is one of the suggested etiological factors in OSA. Fractalkine/CX3CL1 which is detected in activated or stressed endothelium, smooth muscle cells, skeletal muscle cells, macrophages, neurons, and hepatocytes is an inflammatory marker and attracts attention of sleep specialists in OSA pathogenesis. In this study, we had two goals...
October 17, 2016: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
Yuan Ma, Jia-Xiang Zhang, Ya-Nan Liu, Ai Ge, Hao Gu, Wang-Jian Zha, Xiao-Ning Zeng, Mao Huang
In the pathophysiology of asthma, structural cell dysfunction and concomitant microenvironment changes in airways are crucial to pathological progression, which involves oxidative stress. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) is an active anti-oxidative component obtained from propolis, and has been shown to have beneficial effects on several respiratory disorders, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. However, the impact of CAPE on asthma is not well understood. Therefore, this study investigated the advantages of using CAPE to treat asthma and demonstrated the roles of CAPE in the regulation of airway microenvironments...
October 13, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Christina Brandenberger, Christian Mühlfeld
Lung aging is associated with structural remodeling, a decline of respiratory function and a higher susceptibility to acute and chronic lung diseases. Individual factors that modulate pulmonary aging include basic genetic configuration, environmental exposure, life-style and biography of systemic diseases. However, the actual aging of the lung takes place in pulmonary resident cells and is closely linked to aging of the immune system (immunosenescence). Therefore, this article reviews the current knowledge about the impact of aging on pulmonary cells and the immune system, without analyzing those factors that may accelerate the aging process in depth...
October 14, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Y S Prakash
Airway structure and function are key aspects of normal lung development, growth and aging, as well as of lung responses to the environment and the pathophysiology of important diseases such as asthma, COPD and fibrosis. In this regard, the contributions of airway smooth muscle (ASM) are both functional, in the context of airway contractility and relaxation, as well as synthetic, involving production and modulation of extracellular components, modulation of the local immune environment, cellular contribution to airway structure, and finally, interactions with other airway cell types such as epithelium, fibroblasts and nerves...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Yiyuan Duan, Jiaoyue Long, Jun Chen, Xuemei Jiang, Jian Zhu, Yang Jin, Feng Lin, Jun Zhong, Rong Xu, Lizheng Mao, Linhong Deng
A disintegrin and metalloproteinase 33 (ADAM33) has been identified as a susceptibility gene for asthma, but details of the causality are not fully understood. we hypothesize that soluble ADAM33 (sADAM33) overexpression can alter the mechanical behaviors of airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) via regulation of the cell's contractile phenotype, and thus contributes to airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in asthma. To test this hypothesis, we either overexpressed or knocked down the sADAM33 level in rat ASMCs by transfecting the cells with sADAM33 or a small interfering RNA (siRNA) that specifically targets the ADAM33 disintegrin domain, and subsequently assessed the cells for stiffness, contractility and traction force, together with the expression level of contractile and proliferative phenotype markers...
October 5, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Masamichi Yamashita
Aspirin is the oldest non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and it sometimes causes asthma-like symptoms known as aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD), which can be serious. Unwanted effects of aspirin (aspirin intolerance) are also observed in patients with food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis, a type I allergy disease, and aspirin-induced urticaria (AIU). However the target and the mechanism of the aspirin intolerance are still unknown. There is no animal or cellular model of AERD, because its pathophysiological mechanism is still unknown, but it is thought that inhibition of cyclooxygenase by causative agents lead to an increase of free arachidonic acid, which is metabolized into cysteinyl leukotrienes (cysLTs) that provoke airway smooth muscle constriction and asthma symptoms...
October 5, 2016: Current Drug Targets
Edgar Flores-Soto, Jorge Reyes-García, Abril Carbajal-García, Elías Campuzano-González, Mercedes Perusquía, Bettina Sommer, Luis M Montaño
: Testosterone (TES), other androgens and female sex steroids induce non-genomic rapid relaxing effects in airway smooth muscle (ASM). In guinea pig ASM, basal tension was relaxed by dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and TES; 17β-estradiol (E2) had a small effect. Blockers of L-type voltage dependent Ca(2+) channel (L-VDCC, D-600) and store operated Ca(2+) channel (SOC, 2-APB) also relaxed the basal tone. In tracheal myocytes, DHEA and TES diminished intracellular basal Ca(2+) concentrations (b[Ca(2+)]i) as D-600+2-APB but to a higher extend...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Kishore K Bokka, Edwin C Jesudason, David Warburton, Sharon R Lubkin
Peristalsis begins in the lung as soon as the smooth muscle (SM) forms, and persists until birth. As the prenatal lung is filled with liquid, SM action can, through lumen pressure, deform tissues far from the immediately adjacent tissues. Stretching of embryonic tissues has been shown to have potent morphogenetic effects. We hypothesize that these effects are at work in lung morphogenesis. In order to refine that broad hypothesis in a quantitative framework, we geometrically analyse cell shapes in an epithelial tissue, and individual cell deformations resulting from peristaltic waves that completely occlude the airway...
October 6, 2016: Interface Focus
Josalyn L Cho, Morris F Ling, David C Adams, Lucas Faustino, Sabina A Islam, Roshi Afshar, Jason W Griffith, Robert S Harris, Aylwin Ng, Giorgia Radicioni, Amina A Ford, Andre K Han, Ramnik Xavier, William W Kwok, Richard Boucher, James J Moon, Daniel L Hamilos, Mehmet Kesimer, Melissa J Suter, Benjamin D Medoff, Andrew D Luster
Despite systemic sensitization, not all allergic individuals develop asthma symptoms upon airborne allergen exposure. Determination of the factors that lead to the asthma phenotype in allergic individuals could guide treatment and identify novel therapeutic targets. We used segmental allergen challenge of allergic asthmatics (AA) and allergic nonasthmatic controls (AC) to determine whether there are differences in the airway immune response or airway structural cells that could drive the development of asthma...
October 5, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
David C Adams, Lida P Hariri, Alyssa J Miller, Yan Wang, Josalyn L Cho, Martin Villiger, Jasmin A Holz, Margit V Szabari, Daniel L Hamilos, R Scott Harris, Jason W Griffith, Brett E Bouma, Andrew D Luster, Benjamin D Medoff, Melissa J Suter
The inability to visualize airway smooth muscle (ASM) cells in vivo is a major obstacle in understanding their role in normal physiology and diseases. At present, there is no imaging modality available to assess ASM in vivo. Confocal endomicroscopy lacks the penetration depth and field of view, and conventional optical coherence tomography (OCT) does not have sufficient contrast to differentiate ASM from surrounding tissues. We have developed a birefringence microscopy platform that leverages the micro-organization of tissue to add further dimension to traditional OCT...
October 5, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
Laura Lucarini, Mariaconcetta Durante, Cecilia Lanzi, Alessandro Pini, Giulia Boccalini, Laura Calosi, Flavio Moroni, Emanuela Masini, Guido Mannaioni
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a severe disease characterized by excessive myofibroblast proliferation, extracellular matrix and fibrils deposition, remodelling of lung parenchyma and pulmonary insufficiency. Drugs able to reduce disease progression are available, but therapeutic results are unsatisfactory; new and safe treatments are urgently needed. Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases-1 (PARP-1) is an abundant nuclear enzyme involved in key biological processes: DNA repair, gene expression control, and cell survival or death...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
D C Watchorn, A Sahadevan, J J Egan, S J Lane
There is an unmet need for new therapies in severe persistent asthma. Bronchial thermoplasty is a bronchoscopic procedure which employs radiofrequency energy to reduce airway smooth muscle and has been demonstrated to improve symptomatic control in severe persistent asthma in other populations. Seven patients have completed bronchial thermoplasty at a tertiary referral centre in Ireland. Asthma Control Test scores and data on hospitalisations, exacerbations, maintenance corticosteroid requirements, rescue bronchodilator use and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) were compared one year before and one year post treatment...
2016: Irish Medical Journal
William T Harris, J Todd Boyd, Gary L McPhail, Alan S Brody, Rhonda D Szczesniak, Leslie L Korbee, Michael L Baker, John P Clancy
RATIONALE: Refractory lung function decline in association with recurrent pulmonary exacerbations is a common, yet poorly explained finding in CF. We reviewed clinically-indicated lung biopsy specimens obtained during a period of persistent decline to investigate histopathologic mechanisms of pulmonary deterioration during adolescence and early adulthood. OBJECTIVES: To determine if peribronchiolar remodeling is prominent in lung biopsy specimens obtained in CF adolescents refractory to conventional therapy...
September 29, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Jia Li, Ruping Wang, Olivia J Gannon, Alyssa C Rezey, Sixin Jiang, Brennan D Gerlach, Guoning Liao, Dale D Tang
Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) is a serine/threonine protein kinase that has been implicated in mitosis, cytokinesis and smooth muscle cell proliferation. The role of Plk1 in smooth muscle contraction has not been investigated. Here, stimulation with acetylcholine induced Plk1 phosphorylation at Thr-210 (an indication of Plk1 activation) in smooth muscle. Contractile stimulation also activated Plk1 in live smooth muscle cells as evidenced by changes in fluorescence resonance energy transfer signal of a Plk1 sensor...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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