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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441064/bacillus-calmette-guerin-alleviates-airway-inflammation-and-remodeling-by-preventing-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Xinrui Tian, Xinli Tian, Rujie Huo, Qin Chang, Guoping Zheng, Yan Du, Yan Chen, Bo Niu
Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is a potent agent for the prevention of tuberculosis. Current studies have regarded BCG as an immunomodulator. However, there is little information on whether it can be used to inhibit airway inflammation and airway remodeling caused by asthma. Therefore, in this study, we investigate the role of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in airway inflammation and airway remodeling as well as the possible therapeutic mechanism of BCG for the treatment of asthma. Wistar rats were sensitized and challenged by ovalbumin for 2 weeks or 8 weeks...
April 25, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440536/selected-bone-morphogenetic-proteins-the-possibility-of-their-use-in-the-diagnostics-and-therapy-of-severe-asthma
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Marcelina Koćwin, Mateusz Jonakowski, Marcelina Przemęcka, Michał Panek, Piotr Kuna
Asthma is a chronic heterogeneous illness of the lower airway with an inflammatory basis, developing from hyperresponsiveness and bronchial obstruction. One of the more unfavourable processes occurring in the airway are the long-term changes of the respiratory tract known as remodelling, resulting in complete irreversible obstruction. Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) is a member of the Transforming Growth Factor beta (TGF-b) superfamily, which regulates processes in embryonic and post-embryonic development...
2017: Advances in Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438546/clinical-predictors-of-remission-and-persistence-of-adult-onset-asthma
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Guus A Westerhof, Hanneke Coumou, Selma B de Nijs, ElsJ Weersink, Elizabeth H Bel
BACKGROUND: Adult-onset asthma is an important but relatively understudied asthma phenotype and little is known about its natural course and prognosis. The remission rate is believed to be low, and it is still obscure which factors predict remission or persistence of the disease. OBJECTIVE: To determine the remission rate, and identify predictors of persistence and remission of adult-onset asthma. METHODS: Two hundred adult patients with recently diagnosed (<1 year) asthma were recruited from secondary and tertiary pulmonary clinics and prospectively followed for 5 years...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432297/high-probability-of-comorbidities-in-bronchial-asthma-in-germany
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S Heck, S Al-Shobash, D Rapp, D D Le, A Omlor, A Bekhit, M Flaig, B Al-Kadah, W Herian, R Bals, S Wagenpfeil, Q T Dinh
Clinical experience has shown that allergic and non-allergic respiratory, metabolic, mental, and cardiovascular disorders sometimes coexist with bronchial asthma. However, no study has been carried out that calculates the chance of manifestation of these disorders with bronchial asthma in Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Using ICD10 diagnoses from health care institutions, the present study systematically analyzed the co-prevalence and odds ratios of comorbidities in the asthma population in Germany...
April 21, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431562/effects-of-the-common-polymorphism-in-the-human-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-2-aldh2-gene-on-the-lung
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Aoi Kuroda, Ahmed E Hegab, Gao Jingtao, Shuji Yamashita, Nobuyuki Hizawa, Tohru Sakamoto, Hideyasu Yamada, Satoshi Suzuki, Makoto Ishii, Ho Namkoong, Takanori Asakura, Mari Ozaki, Hiroyuki Yasuda, Junko Hamamoto, Shizuko Kagawa, Kenzo Soejima, Tomoko Betsuyaku
BACKGROUND: Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs) play a major role in detoxification of aldehydes. High expression of ALDHs is a marker for stem cells of many organs including the lungs. A common polymorphism in ALDH2 gene (ALDH2*2) results in inactivation of the enzyme and is associated with alcohol flushing syndrome and increased risk for cardiovascular and Alzheimer's diseases and some cancers. The effect of this ALDH2 polymorphism on the lung and its stem cells has not been thoroughly examined...
April 21, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427546/is-the-bronchodilator-test-an-useful-tool-to-measure-asthma-control
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Marta Ferrer Galván, Francisco Javier Alvarez Gutiérrez, Auxiliadora Romero Falcón, Beatriz Romero Romero, Antonia Sáez, Juan Francisco Medina Gallardo
INTRODUCTION: Asthma control includes the control of symptoms and future risk. We sought to evaluate the usefulness of the degree of spirometric reversibility of the forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) as the target parameter of control. METHODOLOGY: Patients with bronchial asthma were followed up for one year. The clinical, functional, inflammatory and control parameters of the asthma were collected. The area under the curve (AUC) was estimated to establish the cutoff point of the post-bronchodilator FEV1 reversibility in relation to non-control asthma...
May 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425254/wheezing-asthma-and-atopy-in-premature-infants-at-2-years-of-age
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Sevim Ünal, Ayşenur Kaya, Leyla Bilgin, Emine Misirlioğlu, Can Naci Kocabaş
BACKGROUND/AIM: We aimed to evaluate wheezing, bronchial asthma (BA), and atopy in premature infants at 2 years of age via a cross-sectional study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Premature infants at <37 weeks of gestational age (GA) were assessed for atopy by skin-prick test and serum immunoglobulin E level at 2 years of age. The family's and infant's histories of allergy, BA, atopy, and wheezing were obtained by questionnaire and from hospital records. RESULTS: There were 98 infants, with mean birth weight (BW) 1517...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
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/28424541/physician-s-recommendation-and-explanation-is-important-in-the-initiation-and-maintenance-of-allergen-immunotherapy
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Young-Hee Nam, Soo-Keol Lee
BACKGROUND: Allergen immunotherapy (AIT) is currently the only immune-modifying treatment for allergic disease. The clinical efficacy of AIT for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma is well documented. However, many factors including inconvenience, cost, side effects, and adherence influence the initiation and persistence of AIT, and patients lack knowledge and have misconceptions about the treatment. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the knowledge, attitude, and satisfaction of patients who received AIT...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421631/subclinical-lower-airways-correlates-of-chronic-allergic-and-non-allergic-rhinitis
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Ricardo J Saranz, Alejandro Lozano, Natalia A Lozano, Marina F Ponzio, Álvaro A Cruz
The upper and lower airways behave as a physiological and pathophysiological unit. Subclinical lower airways abnormalities have been described in patients with rhinitis without asthma. These are expressed as bronchial hyperreactivity, abnormalities in lung function and bronchial inflammation, likely as a result of the same phenomenon with systemic inflammatory impact that reaches both the nose and the lungs, which for unknown reasons does not always have a full clinical expression. Patients with rhinitis are at increased risk of developing asthma; therefore most authors suggest a careful clinical evaluation and monitoring of these patients, especially if symptoms related to inflammation in the lower airways are observed...
April 19, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418758/inhaled-heparin-therapeutic-efficacy-and-recent-formulations
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Ayca Yildiz-Pekoz, Yildiz Ozsoy
Heparin is well known for its anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties. Inhaled heparin regimens are increasingly being used to manage lung disease. It has been used to treat cystic fibrosis, thromboembolism, and pulmonary fibrosis, as well as bronchial asthma and asthma-induced airway hypersensitivity. Several preclinical studies attained some useful effects of heparin-administered, parenterally and through inhalation, treatment of lung disease. Besides, recent clinical trials suggest that inhaled heparin for lung diseases is beneficial and safe, but such data remain to be limited...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415826/azithromycin-augments-rhinovirus-induced-ifn%C3%AE-via-cytosolic-mda5-in-experimental-models-of-asthma-exacerbation
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Mandy Menzel, Hamid Akbarshahi, Ellen Tufvesson, Carl Persson, Leif Bjermer, Lena Uller
Deficient production of anti-viral interferons (IFNs) may be involved in causing viral-induced asthma exacerbations. Hence, drugs inducing lung IFN production would be warranted. Azithromycin may reduce asthma exacerbations but its modus operandi is unknown. Here, we investigated if azithromycin induces IFNβ expression in vitro in rhinovirus-infected bronchial epithelial cells from asthmatic donors and in vivo in our allergic inflammation-based mouse model of viral stimulus-induced asthma exacerbations. Azithromycin dose-dependently augmented viral-induced IFNβ expression in asthmatic, but not in healthy bronchial epithelial cells...
March 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415011/design-and-synthesis-of-novel-xanthine-derivatives-as-potent-and-selective-a2b-adenosine-receptor-antagonists-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-inflammatory-airway-diseases
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Sujay Basu, Dinesh A Barawkar, Vidya Ramdas, Meena Patel, Yogesh Waman, Anil Panmand, Santosh Kumar, Sachin Thorat, Minakshi Naykodi, Arnab Goswami, B Srinivasa Reddy, Vandna Prasad, Sandhya Chaturvedi, Azfar Quraishi, Suraj Menon, Shalini Paliwal, Abhay Kulkarni, Vikas Karande, Indraneel Ghosh, Syed Mustafa, Siddhartha De, Vaibhav Jain, Ena Ray Banerjee, Sreekanth R Rouduri, Venkata P Palle, Anita Chugh, Kasim A Mookhtiar
Adenosine induces bronchial hyperresponsiveness and inflammation in asthmatics through activation of A2B adenosine receptor (A2BAdoR). Selective antagonists have been shown to attenuate airway reactivity and improve inflammatory conditions in pre-clinical studies. Hence, the identification of novel, potent and selective A2BAdoR antagonist may be beneficial for the potential treatment of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Towards this effort, we explored several prop-2-ynylated C8-aryl or heteroaryl substitutions on xanthine chemotype and found that 1-prop-2-ynyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl moiety was better tolerated at the C8 position...
April 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407829/-application-of-pulmonary-function-and-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-tests-in-the-standardized-management-of-bronchial-asthma-in-children
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Hui-Qin Zhang, Hui-Qin Zhang, Jing-Jing Zhang, Yu-Dong Liu, Yue-Lin Deng, Jian-Feng Luo, Huan-Hong Niu, Xin Sun
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the changes of pulmonary function and fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in the standardized treatment of bronchial asthma in children. METHODS: A total of 254 children who were newly diagnosed with acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma were selected as asthma group, and they were divided into two subgroups: asthma with concurrent rhinitis and asthma without concurrent rhinitis. All patients received the standardized management and treatment for one year...
April 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407346/vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-in-serbian-patients-with-bronchial-asthma-a-case-control-study
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Milena Despotovic, Tatjana Jevtovic Stoimenov, Ivana Stankovic, Jelena Basic, Dusica Pavlovic
Vitamin D and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene are potentially involved in the pathogenesis of bronchial asthma (BA); however, precise mechanisms by which vitamin D reduces the inflammation and the role of VDR SNPs in BA are not completely understood. The aim of this study was to examine the possible associations of FokI, BsmI, ApaI and TaqI SNPs with BA. A total of 168 subjects were screened for VDR SNPs using polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399677/elevated-serum-levels-of-tnf-%C3%AE-il-8-and-ecp-can-be-involved-in-the-development-and-progression-of-bronchial-asthma
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Xiao-Gang Jiang, Xu-Dong Yang, Zhe Lv, Peng-Hui Zhuang
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the value of elevated serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-8 (IL-8) and eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) in the diagnosis of bronchial asthma (BA). METHODS: Totally 170 patients with BA (case group, 85 patients in acute attack and 85 patients in clinical remission) and 150 healthy individuals (control group). Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were calculated for the contents and diagnostic values of serum TNF-α, IL-8, and ECP in BA...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397998/determinants-of-peripheral-airway-function-in-adults-with-and-without-asthma
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Paul D Robinson, Gregory G King, Malcolm R Sears, Chuen Y Hong, Robert J Hancox
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Peripheral airway involvement in asthma remains poorly understood. We investigated impulse oscillometry (IOS) measures of peripheral airway function in a population-based birth cohort. METHODS: Pre- and post-bronchodilator spirometry and IOS measures of respiratory resistance and reactance were measured in 915 participants at age 38 years. RESULTS: Current asthma was associated with impairments in both spirometry and IOS parameters...
April 11, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397284/altered-fatty-acid-metabolism-and-reduced-stearoyl-coenzyme-a-desaturase-activity-in-asthma
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N Rodriguez-Perez, E Schiavi, R Frei, R Ferstl, P Wawrzyniak, S Smolinska, M Sokolowska, N A Sievi, M Kohler, P Schmid-Grendelmeier, D Michalovich, K D Simpson, E M Hessel, M Jutel, M Martin-Fontecha, O Palomares, C A Akdis, L O'Mahony
BACKGROUND: Fatty acids and lipid mediator signaling play an important role in the pathogenesis of asthma, yet this area remains largely under-explored. The aims of this study were (i) to examine fatty acid levels and their metabolism in obese and non-obese asthma patients and (ii) to determine the functional effects of altered fatty acid metabolism in experimental models. METHODS: Medium- and long-chain fatty acid levels were quantified in serum from 161 human volunteers by LC/MS...
April 11, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396890/cowden-syndrome-%C3%A2-oral-presentations-of-a-paraneoplastic-syndrome-%C3%A2-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Snober Tariq, Joseph Katz
Cowden syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder with a predisposition to multiple benign and malignant tumors with unique oral manifestations. We present a case of Cowden syndrome in a patient diagnosed with breast cancer, traumatic fibromas, bronchial asthma, and multiple papillomatous fibromatosis of the oral cavity. Close association between oral papillomatosis associated with Cowden syndrome and PTEN gene mutation may increase the risk for malignant transformation. Therefore, patients of Cowden syndrome should be monitored carefully for all kinds of cancers...
2017: Quintessence International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395712/-estrogen-shortens-the-latent-period-of-inducing-asthma-and-promotes-airway-inflammation
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Shuai Feng, Shuyang Zhu, Fangfang Han, Jiechen Zhu, Maowei Zhang, Wengjing Liu
Objective To investigate the effect of estrogen on the latent period of inducing asthma and airway inflammation in mice with asthma. Methods Forty male BALB/c mice were randomly divided into normal control group, OVA-induced asthma group, 400 μg/kg estradiol treatment group, 400 μg/kg estradiol combined with 7 mg/kg tamoxifen group, with 10 mice in each group. The OVA-induced asthma group, estradiol treatment group, and estradiol combined with tamoxifen group were sensitized and challenged by OVA; the normal control group was treated with normal saline instead...
April 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
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