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Steroid dependant asthma

Johanna Melin, Susanne Prothon, Charlotte Kloft, Adriaan Cleton, Carl Amilon, Carin Jorup, Per Bäckman, Bo Olsson, Ulrika Wählby Hamrén
AZD5423 is a non-steroidal glucocorticoid receptor modulator, with low aqueous solubility, developed for treatment of asthma and COPD. In this work, we aim to evaluate and compare the absorption pharmacokinetics (PK) of AZD5423 after inhalation via four devices, (Spira®, I-neb®, Turbuhaler® and a new dry powder inhaler (new DPI)) with two formulations using differently sized primary particles, and to compare the pulmonary bioavailability with the predicted lung deposited dose. Plasma concentration-time data after intravenous, oral and inhaled administration via four devices were available from two clinical studies in healthy and asthmatic subjects...
March 9, 2017: AAPS Journal
Richard Y Kim, James W Pinkerton, Ama T Essilfie, Avril Ab Robertson, Katherine J Baines, Alexandra C Brown, Jemma R Mayall, Md Khadem Ali, Malcolm R Starkey, Nicole G Hansbro, Jeremy A Hirota, Lisa G Wood, Jodie L Simpson, Darryl A Knight, Peter A Wark, Peter G Gibson, Luke A J O'Neill, Matthew A Cooper, Jay C Horvat, Philip M Hansbro
RATIONALE: Severe, steroid-resistant asthma is the major unmet need in asthma therapy. Disease heterogeneity and poor understanding of pathogenic mechanisms hampers the identification of therapeutic targets. Excessive NLRP3 inflammasome and concomitant IL-1β responses occur in COPD, respiratory infections and neutrophilic asthma. However, the direct contributions to pathogenesis, mechanisms involved and potential for therapeutic targeting remain poorly understood, and are unknown in severe, steroid-resistant asthma...
March 2, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Caini Liu, Liang Zhu, Koichi Fukuda, Suidong Ouyang, Xing Chen, Chenhui Wang, Cun-Jin Zhang, Bradley Martin, Chunfang Gu, Luke Qin, Suguna Rachakonda, Mark Aronica, Jun Qin, Xiaoxia Li
Cyanidin, a key flavonoid that is present in red berries and other fruits, attenuates the development of several diseases, including asthma, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cancer, through its anti-inflammatory effects. We investigated the molecular basis of cyanidin action. Through a structure-based search for small molecules that inhibit signaling by the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-17A (IL-17A), we found that cyanidin specifically recognizes an IL-17A binding site in the IL-17A receptor subunit (IL-17RA) and inhibits the IL-17A/IL-17RA interaction...
February 21, 2017: Science Signaling
Luca Gallelli, Daniela Falcone, Roberto Cannataro, Mariarita Perri, Raffaele Serra, Girolamo Pelaia, Rosario Maselli, Rocco Savino, Giuseppe Spaziano, Bruno D'Agostino
Theophylline is a natural compound present in tea. Because of its property to relax smooth muscle it is used in pharmacology for the treatment of airway diseases (ie, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma). However, this effect on smooth muscle is dose dependent and it is related to the development of side effects. Recently, an increasing body of evidence suggests that theophylline, at low concentrations, also has anti-inflammatory effects related to the activation of histone deacetylases. In this study, we evaluated the effects of theophylline alone and in combination with corticosteroids on human bronchial epithelial cells under inflammatory stimuli...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Yu Zhao Lee, Khozirah Shaari, Manraj Singh Cheema, Chau Ling Tham, Mohd Roslan Sulaiman, Daud Ahmad Israf
2,4,6-Trihydroxy-3-geranyl acetophenone (tHGA) is a synthetic compound that is naturally found in Melicope ptelefolia. We had previously demonstrated that parenteral administration of tHGA reduces pulmonary inflammation in OVA-sensitized mice. In this study, we evaluated the effect of orally administered tHGA upon airway remodeling in a murine model of chronic asthma. Female BALB/C mice were sensitized intraperitoneally with ovalbumin (OVA) on day 0, 7 and 14, followed by aerosolized 1% OVA 3 times per week for 6 weeks...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
Meijia Wang, Pengfei Gao, Xiaojie Wu, Yuetao Chen, Yikuan Feng, Qun Yang, Yongjian Xu, Jianping Zhao, Jungang Xie
BACKGROUND: Steroid resistant (SR) asthma is characterized by persistent airway inflammation that fails to resolve despite treatment with high doses of corticosteroids. Furthermore, SR patient airways show increased numbers neutrophils, which are less responsive to glucocorticoid. The present study seeks to determine whether dexamethasone (DEX) has different effect on neutrophils from steroid sensitive (SS) asthmatics compared to SR asthmatics. METHODS: Adults with asthma (n = 38) were classified as SR or SS based on changes in lung FEV1% following a one-month inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) treatment...
November 16, 2016: Respiratory Research
Andrea C Valladao, Charles W Frevert, Lisa K Koch, Daniel J Campbell, Steven F Ziegler
Human asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by the expression of both Th2 and Th17 cytokines. In vitro and in vivo studies have shown a reciprocal regulation between Th2 and Th17 pathways, suggesting a potential induction of neutrophil-promoting Th17 inflammation in the absence of a Th2 response. Alternaria alternata is a clinically relevant allergen that is associated with severe and fatal asthma exacerbations. Exposure to A. alternata is characterized by a predominant Th2 response, but can also induce the production of factors associated with Th17 responses (e...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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 leads to an increase of free arachidonic acid, which is metabolized into cysteinyl leukotrienes (cysLTs) that provoke airway smooth muscle constriction and asthma symptoms...
2016: Current Drug Targets
Kayleigh M Kew, Marina Nashed, Valdeep Dulay, Janelle Yorke
BACKGROUND: People with asthma have a higher prevalence of anxiety and depression than the general population. This is associated with poorer asthma control, medication adherence, and health outcomes. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may be a way to improve the quality of life of people with asthma by addressing associated psychological issues, which may lead to a lower risk of exacerbations and better asthma control. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of CBT for asthma compared with usual care...
September 21, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Marek Sanak
Lipid mediators contribute to inflammation providing both pro-inflammatory signals and terminating the inflammatory process by activation of macrophages. Among the most significant biologically lipid mediators, these are produced by free-radical or enzymatic oxygenation of arachidonic acid named "eicosanoids". There were some novel eicosanoids identified within the last decade, and many of them are measurable in clinical samples by affordable chromatography-mass spectrometry equipment or sensitive immunoassays...
November 2016: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
Cetin Kaymak, Neslihan Aygun Kocabas, Nesrin Aydın, Derya Oztuna, Ali Esat Karakaya
BACKGROUND: Individual differences in the activity of enzymes that metabolize xenobiotics can impact health and disease. Beta-2 adrenoreceptor (ADRB2) is a functional G-coupled protein expressed in the vascular endothelium of lungs, alveolar walls, and the ganglions of cholinergic nerves which induces bronchodilation in response to catecholamines. Glutathione S-Transferase-P1 (GSTP1) is a candidate pi class GST gene, which controls pi class glutathione S-transferase activity. AIMS: In this study we determined the relationship between the ADRB2 Arg16Gly polymorphism and GSTP1 polymorphisms, involved in bronchodilator response and oxidative stress, respectively, with susceptibility to asthma...
September 2016: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Krzysztof Kołodziejczyk, Andrzej Bożek, Jerzy Jarząb, Radosław Gawlik
INTRODUCTION: Bronchial asthma is an increasing problem worldwide. The course of bronchial asthma is dependent on the type of inducing allergens. The differences between the clinical features of asthma in patients with monovalent allergies to molds and with other allergies were explored. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Randomly selected 1910 patients (924 women and 986 men) between 18-86 years in age were analyzed according to type of allergy and asthma. The diagnosis of asthma was confirmed on the basis of GINA criteria, physical examination and spirometry...
2016: Pneumonologia i Alergologia Polska
Zhonghua Zhang, Jocelyn M Biagini Myers, Eric B Brandt, Patrick H Ryan, Mark Lindsey, Rachael A Mintz-Cole, Tiina Reponen, Stephen J Vesper, Frank Forde, Brandy Ruff, Stacey A Bass, Grace K LeMasters, David I Bernstein, James Lockey, Alison L Budelsky, Gurjit K Khurana Hershey
BACKGROUND: Allergic sensitization to fungi has been associated with asthma severity. As a result, it has been largely assumed that the contribution of fungi to allergic disease is mediated through their potent antigenicity. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the mechanism by which fungi affect asthma development and severity. METHODS: We integrated epidemiologic and experimental asthma models to explore the effect of fungal exposure on asthma development and severity...
January 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
William B Klaustermeyer, Soo H Choi
BACKGROUND: Systemic corticosteroids have been used in the treatment of asthma since 1950 and are still required for the treatment of acute severe asthma and corticosteroid dependent asthma. OBJECTIVE: To provide an updated overview of clinical considerations of systemic corticosteroids use in severe adult bronchial asthma. METHODS: PubMed searches were undertaken of studies published between 1950 and 2015. RESULTS: In this review the following concepts are discussed...
May 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
Stefania Arasi, Stefano Costa, Giuseppe Magazzù, Antonio Ieni, Giuseppe Crisafulli, Lucia Caminiti, Fernanda Chiera, Mario Vaccaro, Michele Miraglia Del Giudice, Giovanni Battista Pajno
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) has been defined as "asthma of the esophagus" for the large number of similarities between the two diseases. Omalizumab is an anti-Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody currently approved only in allergic IgE-mediated severe persistent uncontrolled asthma and in chronic spontaneous urticaria unresponsive to antihistamines, but it has been tried in other diseases, too. CASE PRESENTATION: We present herein the case of a 13-year-old boy, affected from preschool age by severe chronic allergic asthma poorly controlled despite a generous long-term therapy, and, since he was 8 years old, by eosinophilic esophagitis, responsive to courses of strict elimination diet and semi-elemental diet, even if very burdensome for his quality of life...
March 22, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
Michael R Edwards, Fabrizio Facchinetti, Maurizio Civelli, Gino Villetti, Sebastian L Johnston
Respiratory virus infections precipitate asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations, with most exacerbations due to rhinovirus infection. Both asthma and COPD exacerbations are not well controlled by steroid therapies, and there is a much research interest in finding improved therapies or combinations of therapies for controlling exacerbations. CHF6001 is a new, inhaled highly potent and selective phosphodiesterase type 4 (PDE4) inhibitor. Using in vitro human bronchial epithelial cells (BEAS-2B), we investigated the potential anti-inflammatory effects of CHF6001 on rhinovirus (RV1B)-induced cytokines...
February 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
Michele Columbo, Albert S Rohr
BACKGROUND: Asthma in the elderly is poorly understood as very few studies have included these patients. DNA methylation can affect the expression of asthma susceptibility genes. Methyl groups can be produced through a choline dependent pathway. Asthmatics have decreased serum choline. We studied the effect of choline supplementation in elderly asthmatics and associations between different parameters at baseline. METHODS: This is a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Bruce J Kirenga, Jeremy I Schwartz, Corina de Jong, Thys van der Molen, Martin Okot-Nwang
BACKGROUND: Optimal management of asthma in resource limited settings is hindered by lack of resources, making it difficult for health providers to adhere to international guidelines. The purpose of this review is to identify steps for asthma diagnosis and management in resource limited settings. METHODS: Review of international asthma guidelines and other published studies on diagnosis and management of asthma. RESULTS: We establish that clinical diagnosis of asthma can be made if recurrent respiratory symptoms especially current wheeze or wheeze in the last 12 months are present...
December 2015: African Health Sciences
Marie Jachiet, Maxime Samson, Vincent Cottin, Jean-Emmanuel Kahn, Guillaume Le Guenno, Philippe Bonniaud, Hervé Devilliers, Laurence Bouillet, Anne Gondouin, Fatma Makhlouf, Nadine Meaux-Ruault, Helder Gil, Boris Bienvenu, André Coste, Matthieu Groh, Violaine Giraud, Stéphane Dominique, Bertrand Godeau, Xavier Puéchal, Chahera Khouatra, Marc Ruivard, Claire Le Jeunne, Luc Mouthon, Loïc Guillevin, Benjamin Terrier
OBJECTIVE: To describe the efficacy and safety of omalizumab, an anti-IgE monoclonal antibody, in patients with refractory and/or relapsing eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Churg-Strauss) (EGPA). METHODS: We conducted a nationwide retrospective study including EGPA patients who received omalizumab. Response was defined as the absence of asthma and/or sinonasal exacerbations with a prednisone dosage of ≤7.5 mg/day (complete response) or >7.5 mg/day (partial response)...
September 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
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