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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150353/barrier-dysfunction-in-the-nasal-allergy
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REVIEW
Ayumi Fukuoka, Tomohiro Yoshimoto
Epithelial cells form the first physiological barrier against invasion by pathogens and the infiltration of allergens. Tight junctions (TJ), a cell-cell junctional complex located on the apical side of epithelial cells, have a critical role in the maintenance of epithelial barrier function. Impaired TJ structures are observed in patients with asthma, atopic dermatitis and nasal allergy; therefore, the dysfunction of epithelial barriers might be involved in the initiation or progression of allergic diseases...
November 14, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149416/history-of-histamine-releasing-factor-hrf-translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-tctp-including-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-asthma-and-allergy
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Susan M MacDonald
Histamine-releasing factor (HRF) also known as translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a highly conserved, ubiquitous protein that has both intracellular and extracellular functions. Here we will highlight the subcloning of the molecule, its clinical implications, as well as an inducible-transgenic mouse. Particular attention will be paid to its extracellular functioning and its potential role as a therapeutic target in asthma and allergy. The cells and the cytokines that are produced when stimulated or primed by HRF/TCTP will be detailed as well as the downstream signaling pathway that HRF/TCTP elicits...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149273/the-efficacy-and-safety-of-bronchial-thermoplasty-in-severe-persistent-asthma-on-extended-follow-up
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A O'Reilly, I Browne, D Watchorn, J J Egan, S Lane
Background: Asthma is a common condition and there remains a subset of patients who are poorly controlled on maximal therapy. Bronchial thermoplasty is a bronchoscopic therapy using radio frequency energy to reduce airway smooth muscle which has been shown to improve asthma control although further evidence regarding long term efficacy and safety is required. Aim: We aimed to demonstrate safety and efficacy of bronchial thermoplasty on extended follow up. Our initial experience with this group was previously reported in 2016 where patients were shown to have a significant improvement in Asthma Control Test (ACT) scores 1 year post treatment8...
November 15, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148205/inhaled-corticosteroids-and-the-risks-of-low-energy-fractures-in-patients-with-chronic-airway-diseases-a-propensity-score-matched-study
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Chun-Hao Tsai, Lin-Yu Laio, Cheng-Li Lin, Wei-Sheng Chung
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) are crucial anti-inflammatory medications for chronic airway diseases. Studies investigating the relationship between ICSs and fractures in Asian populations are scant. We investigated whether ICSs increased the risk of low-energy fractures in patients with chronic airway diseases. METHODS: We used the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database to select patients aged 20 years and older with chronic airway diseases (asthma and COPD) between 2000 and 2011 as the base cohort...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146574/mast-cell-dependent-il-33-st2-signaling-is-protective-against-the-development-of-airway-hyperresponsiveness-in-a-house-dust-mite-mouse-model-of-asthma
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Anna Maria Zoltowska Nilsson, Ying Lei, Mikael Adner, Gunnar P Nilsson
Interleukin-33 (IL-33) and its receptor ST2 have been influentially associated to the pathophysiology of asthma. Due to the divergent roles of IL-33 in regulating mast cell functions, there is a need to further characterize IL-33/ST2-dependent mast cell responses and their significance in the context of asthma. This study aimed to investigate how IL-33/ST2-dependent mast cell responses contribute to the development of airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) and airway inflammation in a mouse model of house dust mite (HDM) induced asthma...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146272/obstruction-phenotype-as-a-predictor-of-asthma-severity-and-instability-in-children
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Ronald L Sorkness, Edward M Zoratti, Meyer Kattan, Peter J Gergen, Michael D Evans, Cynthia M Visness, Michelle Gill, Gurjit K Khurana Hershey, Carolyn M Kercsmar, Andrew H Liu, George T O'Connor, Jacqueline A Pongracic, Dinesh Pillai, Christine A Sorkness, Alkis Togias, Robert A Wood, William W Busse
BACKGROUND: Small airways instability, resulting in premature airway closure, has been recognized as a risk for asthma severity and poor control. Although spirometry has limited sensitivity for detecting small airway dysfunction, a focus on the air-trapping component of obstruction may identify a risk factor for asthma instability. OBJECTIVE: To use spirometric measurements to identify patterns of airway obstruction in children, and define obstruction phenotypes that relate to asthma instability...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143982/tweak-fn14-interaction-induces-proliferation-and-migration-in-human-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-via-activating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Cuimin Zhu, Leguo Zhang, Zhiming Liu, Chen Li, Yajie Bai
Asthma, an increasingly common chronic disease among children, are characterized by airway remodeling, which is partly attributed to the proliferation and migration of airway smooth muscle cell (ASMC). The purpose of the present study was to investigate potential roles and mechanisms of the tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK)/fibroblast growth factor-inducible molecule 14 (Fn14) axis on cell proliferation and migration in HASMCs. Compared to HASMCs from non-asthmatic patients, those from asthmatic patients showed elevated expression levels of both Fn14 and TWEAK...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138554/characteristics-of-copd-patients-according-to-gold-classification-and-clinical-phenotypes-in-the-russian-federation-the-support-trial
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Vladimir Arkhipov, Daria Arkhipova, Marc Miravitlles, Andrey Lazarev, Ekaterina Stukalina
Background: The high prevalence of COPD in the Russian Federation has been demonstrated in several epidemiological studies. However, there are still no data on the clinical characteristics of these patients according to Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) groups and phenotypes, which could provide additional understanding of the burden of COPD, routine clinical practice, and ways to improve the treatment of patients with COPD in Russia. Patients and methods: SUPPORT was an observational multicenter study designed to obtain data about the distribution of patients with previously diagnosed COPD according to the severity of bronchial obstruction, symptom severity, risk of exacerbation, COPD phenotypes, and treatment of COPD...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137905/emergency-department-chest-radiography-for-children-with-asthma-exacerbation-is-infrequently-associated-with-change-of-management
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Evan H Allie, Henry E Dingle, William N Johnson, Jeffrey R Birnbaum, Melissa A Hilmes, Sudha P Singh, Donald H Arnold
BACKGROUND: Acute asthma exacerbations (AAE) account for many Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) visits. Chest radiography (CXR) is often performed in these patients to identify practice-changing findings such as pneumonia (PNA). Limited knowledge exists to balance the cost and radiation dose of CXR with expected yield of clinically meaningful information. OBJECTIVE: To determine in children with AAE with CXR, whether patient characteristics are associated with radiographic PNA; and significant practice change by initiation of antibiotic...
October 6, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137638/virus-triggered-exacerbation-in-allergic-asthmatic-children-neutrophilic-airway-inflammation-and-alteration-of-virus-sensors-characterize-a-subgroup-of-patients
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Antoine Deschildre, Muriel Pichavant, Ilka Engelmann, Carole Langlois, Elodie Drumez, Guillaume Pouessel, Sophie Boileau, David Romero-Cubero, Irina Decleyre-Badiu, Anny Dewilde, Didier Hober, Véronique Néve, Caroline Thumerelle, Stéphanie Lejeune, Clémence Mordacq, Philippe Gosset
BACKGROUND: Viruses are important triggers of asthma exacerbations. They are also detected outside of exacerbation. Alteration of anti-viral response in asthmatic patients has been shown although the mechanisms responsible for this defect remain unclear. The objective of this study was to compare in virus-infected and not-infected allergic asthmatic children, aged 6 to 16 years, admitted to hospital for a severe exacerbation, the innate immune response and especially the expression of pattern recognition receptor (PRR) and their function...
November 14, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137124/asthmatic-patients-with-vitamin-d-deficiency-have-decreased-exacerbations-after-vitamin-replacement
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Paolo Solidoro, Michela Bellocchia, Ilaria Aredano, Alessio Mattei, Emanuele Pivetta, Filippo Patrucco, Monica Boita, Francesca de Blasio, Luisa Brussino, Giovanni Rolla, Caterina Bucca
BACKGROUND: Intervention studies with vitamin D in asthma are inconclusive for several reasons, such as inadequate dosing or duration of supplementation or uncontrolled baseline vitamin D status. Our aim was to evaluate the benefit of long term vitamin D add-on in asthmatic patients with actual vitamin D deficiency, that is a serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-OHD ) below 20 ng/mL. METHODS: Serum 25-OHD, asthma exacerbations, spirometry and inhaled corticosteroids (CS) dose were evaluated in a cohort of 119 asthmatic patients...
November 11, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133219/dietary-fatty-acid-modification-for-the-treatment-of-aspirin-exacerbated-respiratory-disease-a-prospective-pilot-trial
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Thomas R Schneider, Christina B Johns, Marina L Palumbo, Katherine C Murphy, Katherine N Cahill, Tanya M Laidlaw
BACKGROUND: The high levels of eicosanoid production and the clinical efficacy of leukotriene-modifying pharmacotherapies for patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) suggest that other interventions targeting arachidonic acid dysregulation may also improve disease control. OBJECTIVE: To assess the utility of a high omega-3/low omega-6 diet for the treatment of AERD. METHODS: Prospective, nonblinded dietary intervention in 10 adult patients with AERD at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129582/ventilation-defect-percent-in-helium-3-mri-as-a-biomarker-of-severe-outcomes-in-asthma
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David G Mummy, Stanley J Kruger, Wei Zha, Ronald L Sorkness, Nizar N Jarjour, Mark L Schiebler, Loren C Denlinger, Michael D Evans, Sean B Fain
Ventilation defect percent (VDP) measured in asthmatics with hyperpolarized helium-3 MRI was more strongly associated with ED visits and hospitalizations due to asthma exacerbation than were conventional biomarkers of lung function and inflammation.
November 9, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128192/efficacy-and-safety-of-benralizumab-in-japanese-patients-with-severe-uncontrolled-eosinophilic-asthma
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Ken Ohta, Mitsuru Adachi, Yuji Tohda, Tadashi Kamei, Motokazu Kato, J Mark Fitzgerald, Masayuki Takanuma, Tadahiro Kakuno, Nobuyuki Imai, Yanping Wu, Magnus Aurivillius, Mitchell Goldman
BACKGROUND: In the Phase III CALIMA trial, benralizumab significantly reduced asthma exacerbations, increased lung function, and alleviated symptoms for patients with severe, uncontrolled eosinophilic asthma. The aim of this subgroup analysis was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of benralizumab for Japanese patients in the CALIMA trial. METHODS: CALIMA was a randomised, controlled trial of 1306 patients (aged 12-75 years; registered at ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01914757) with severe asthma uncontrolled by medium- to high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2-agonists (ICS/LABA)...
November 8, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127573/eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-complicated-by-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-and-coronary-vasculitis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#15
REVIEW
Shogo Matsuda, Shuzo Yoshida, Youhei Fujiki, Hidetoshi Satomi, Tohru Takeuchi, Yoshinobu Hirose, Shigeki Makino, Shigeki Arawaka
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is characterized by necrotizing vasculitis of small-sized vessels with extravascular granulomas and eosinophilic infiltration. The case of a 48-year-old Japanese woman with EGPA, who presented concurrently with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and coronary vasculitis, is reported. She initially presented with bronchial asthma, and then 8 months later she developed various symptoms caused by systemic eosinophilic vasculitis and was admitted to our hospital. Three days after admission, she started oral corticosteroid therapy, and her 2009 Five-Factor Score (FFS) was 0...
November 10, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125908/transgender-medicare-beneficiaries-and-chronic-conditions-exploring-fee-for-service-claims-data
#16
Christina N Dragon, Paul Guerino, Erin Ewald, Alison M Laffan
PURPOSE: Data on the health and well-being of the transgender population are limited. However, using claims data we can identify transgender Medicare beneficiaries (TMBs) with high confidence. We seek to describe the TMB population and provide comparisons of chronic disease burden between TMBs and cisgender Medicare beneficiaries (CMBs), thus laying a foundation for national level TMB health disparity research. METHODS: Using a previously validated claims algorithm based on ICD-9-CM codes relating to transsexualism and gender identity disorder, we identified a cohort of TMBs using Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims data...
November 10, 2017: LGBT Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124902/t-cell-responses-against-rhinovirus-species-a-and-c-in-asthmatic-and-healthy-children
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Cibele M Gaido, Caitlyn Granland, Ingrid A Laing, Peter N Le Souëf, Wayne R Thomas, Andrew J Currie, Belinda J Hales
BACKGROUND: Infections by rhinovirus (RV) species A and C are the most common causes of exacerbations of asthma and a major cause of exacerbations of other acute and chronic respiratory diseases. Infections by both species are prevalent in pre-school and school-aged children and, particularly for RV-C, can cause severe symptoms and a need for hospitalization. While associations between RV infection and asthma are well established, the adaptive immune-mechanisms by which RV infections influence asthma exacerbations are yet to be defined...
November 10, 2017: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123648/novel-therapeutic-approaches-to-simultaneously-target-rhinovirus-infection-and-asthma-copd-pathogenesis
#18
REVIEW
Carmen Mirabelli, Els Scheers, Johan Neyts
Rhinoviruses are exclusive respiratory pathogens and the etiological agents of the common cold. These viruses are increasingly reported to cause exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Here, we review the role of rhinovirus infections in the pathogenesis of asthma and COPD and we discuss the current and potential future treatments. We propose that, in order to prevent exacerbations, the design of novel therapeutics should focus on directly acting antivirals but also include the design of drugs that simultaneously inhibit viral replication and alleviate symptoms of asthma and COPD...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123222/the-independent-effects-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-house-dust-mite-exposure-on-lung-function-are-sex-specific
#19
Nailê K Nuñez, Ellen Bennett, Ling Chen, Paulo Márcio Pitrez, Graeme R Zosky
Vitamin D deficiency is increasing around the world and has been associated with the development of asthma. This study aims to evaluate the effect of dietary vitamin D deficiency at different life stages on lung function using a murine model of allergic airways disease. BALB/c mice were challenged intranasally with HDM or saline alone for 10 days. Twenty four hours after the last challenge, mice were anesthetized and lung function was measured using the forced oscillation technique (FOT). Mice were euthanized for assessment of inflammation in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and total collagen content in lung homogenates by ELISA...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123203/respiratory-syncytial-virus-exacerbates-ova-mediated-asthma-in-mice-through-c5a-c5ar-regulating-cd4-t-cells-immune-responses
#20
Xinyue Hu, Xiaozhao Li, Chengping Hu, Ling Qin, Ruoxi He, Lisha Luo, Wei Tang, Juntao Feng
Asthma exacerbation could be induced by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and the underlying pathogenic mechanism is related to complement activation. Although complement might regulate CD4(+)T cells immune responses in asthma model, this regulation existed in RSV-induced asthma model remains incompletely characterrized. In this study, we assessed the contribution of C5a-C5aR to CD4(+)T cell immune responses in RSV-infected asthma mice. Female BALB/C mice were sensitized and challenged with ovalbumin (OVA) while treated with RSV infection and C5a receptor antagonist (C5aRA) during challenge period...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
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