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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104649/small-interfering-rna-directed-against-microrna-155-delivered-by-a-lentiviral-vector-attenuates-asthmatic-features-in-a-mouse-model-of-allergic-asthma
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Huilong Chen, Xiangqin Xu, Sheng Cheng, Yuzhu Xu, Qi Xuefei, Yong Cao, Jungang Xie, Cong-Yi Wang, Yongjian Xu, Weining Xiong
Asthma is a chronic T helper type 2 (Th2) cell-mediated inflammatory disease characterized by airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) and airway inflammation. Although the majority of patients with asthma can achieve a good level of control with existing treatments, asthma runs a chronic course and the effectiveness of current treatment is not satisfactory for certain patients. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short noncoding RNAs that suppress gene expression at the post-transcriptional level; their role in regulating allergic inflammation remains largely unknown...
November 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097771/subclinical-pulmonary-dysfunction-contributes-to-high-altitude-pulmonary-edema-susceptibility-in-healthy-non-mountaineers
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Rajinder K Gupta, Poonam Soree, Koundinya Desiraju, Anurag Agrawal, Shashi Bala Singh
HAPE susceptible (HAPE-S, had HAPE episode in past) subjects may have subclinical cardio-pulmonary dysfunction. We compared the results of pulmonary function tests in 25 healthy HAPE-S non-mountaineers and 19 matched HAPE resistant (HAPE-R, no HAPE episode in past). Acute normobaric hypoxia (FIo2 0.12) was administered at sea level to confirm hypoxia intolerance in HAPE-S. Unlike HAPE-R, HAPE-S subjects had elevated baseline and post-hypoxia systolic pulmonary arterial pressures (20.9 ± 3 vs 27.3 ± 5 mm Hg during normoxia and 26...
November 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082668/breathomics-from-exhaled-volatile-organic-compounds-in-pediatric-asthma
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REVIEW
Anne H Neerincx, Susanne J H Vijverberg, Lieuwe D J Bos, Paul Brinkman, Marc P van der Schee, Rianne de Vries, Peter J Sterk, Anke-Hilse Maitland-van der Zee
Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children, and is characterized by airway inflammation, bronchial hyperresponsiveness, and airflow obstruction. Asthma diagnosis, phenotyping, and monitoring are still challenging with currently available methods, such as spirometry, FE NO or sputum analysis. The analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breath could be an interesting non-invasive approach, but has not yet reached clinical practice. This review describes the current status of breath analysis in the diagnosis and monitoring of pediatric asthma...
October 30, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078687/endobronchial-thermoplasty-for-asthma
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REVIEW
Felix Zamora, Roy Cho, Madhuri Rao, Heidi Gibson, H Erhan Dincer
Asthma is an incurable chronic disease affecting approximately 24 million people in the United States. The hallmark features of asthma are reversible airflow obstruction, airway hyperresponsiveness, airway inflammation, bronchoconstriction, and excessive mucus secretion. Clinical symptoms include episodic or persistent breathlessness, wheezing, cough, or chest tightness/pressure. Forty-five percent of asthmatics continue to have yearly exacerbations and the disease is responsible for approximately 3,600 annual deaths...
2017: J Vis Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068321/relationship-between-total-serum-immunoglobulin-e-levels-fractional-exhaled-breath-nitric-oxide-levels-and-absolute-blood-eosinophil-counts-in-atopic-and-non-atopic-asthma-a-controlled-comparative-study
#5
Sanjeet Krishna Shrestha, Arne Drews, Lucky Sharma, Subash Pant, Sanjeev Shrestha, Arpana Neopane
ABSTRACT Introduction Asthma is a prevalent non communicable disease both in low and high income countries, including Nepal. Total serum immunoglobulin E levels and peripheral blood absolute eosinophil counts are known inflammatory markers of asthma. And Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide measure in breath has also been proposed as a non-invasive biomarker to assess eosinophilic airway inflammation. This study explores the correlation between these three variables with intent that one may replace the other in resource limited setup...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068159/sputum-tweak-expression-correlates-with-severity-and-degree-of-control-in-noneosinophilic-childhood-asthma
#6
Soo Yeon Kim, Jong Deok Kim, In Suk Sol, Min Jung Kim, Mi Na Kim, Jung Yeon Hong, Hye Ran Kim, Yoon Hee Kim, Yong Ju Lee, Kyung Won Kim, Myung Hyun Sohn
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) is known to play a role in the pathogenesis of various inflammatory diseases. However, no study has been performed on childhood asthma. METHODS: Ninety-five children with asthma and 78 controls aged 5-18 years were included. Sputum induction, pulmonary function test (PFT), and methacholine challenge test were performed. The subjects were divided into the eosinophilic airway (EA) and non-EA (NEA) groups based on sputum analysis and into the high and low TWEAK groups according to the TWEAK cutoff level (263...
October 25, 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025711/toll-like-receptor-2-and-4-have-opposing-roles-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cigarette-smoke-induced-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#7
Tatt Jhong Haw, Malcolm R Starkey, Stelios Pavlidis, Michael Fricker, Anya L Arthurs, Prema Mono Nair, Gang Liu, Irwan Hanish, Richard Y Kim, Paul S Foster, Jay C Horvat, Ian M Adcock, Philip M Hansbro
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of morbidity and death and imposes major socioeconomic burdens globally. It is a progressive and disabling condition that severely impairs breathing and lung function. There is a lack of effective treatments for COPD, which is a direct consequence of the poor understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved in driving the pathogenesis of the disease. Toll-like receptor (TLR)2 and TLR4 are implicated in chronic respiratory diseases, including COPD, asthma and pulmonary fibrosis...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28946686/using-structural-equation-modeling-to-assess-the-links-between-tobacco-smoke-exposure-volatile-organic-compounds-and-respiratory-function-for-adolescents-aged-6-to-18-in-the-united-states
#8
Bonnie E Shook-Sa, Ding-Geng Chen, Haibo Zhou
Asthma is an inflammatory airway disease that affects 22 million Americans in the United States. Research has found associations between impaired respiratory function, including asthma and increased symptoms among asthmatics, and common indoor air pollutants, including tobacco smoke exposure and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). However, findings linking VOC exposure and asthma are inconsistent and studies are of mixed quality due to design limitations, challenges measuring VOC exposure, small sample sizes, and suboptimal statistical methodologies...
September 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933516/anti-il5-therapies-for-asthma
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REVIEW
Hugo A Farne, Amanda Wilson, Colin Powell, Lynne Bax, Stephen J Milan
BACKGROUND: This review is the first update of a previously published review in The Cochrane Library (Issue 7, 2015). Interleukin-5 (IL-5) is the main cytokine involved in the activation of eosinophils, which cause airway inflammation and are a classic feature of asthma. Monoclonal antibodies targeting IL-5 or its receptor (IL-5R) have been developed, with recent studies suggesting that they reduce asthma exacerbations, improve health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and lung function...
September 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862768/airway-remodelling-and-inflammation-in-asthma-are-dependent-on-the-extracellular-matrix-protein-fibulin-1c
#10
Gang Liu, Marion A Cooley, Prema M Nair, Chantal Donovan, Alan C Hsu, Andrew G Jarnicki, Tatt Jhong Haw, Nicole G Hansbro, Qi Ge, Alexandra C Brown, Hock Tay, Paul S Foster, Peter A Wark, Jay C Horvat, Jane E Bourke, Chris L Grainge, W Scott Argraves, Brian G Oliver, Darryl A Knight, Janette K Burgess, Philip M Hansbro
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. It is characterised by allergic airway inflammation, remodelling and hyperresponsiveness (AHR). Asthma patients, in particular those with chronic or severe asthma, have airway remodelling that is associated with the accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, such as collagens. Fibulin-1 (Fbln1) is an important ECM protein that stabilises collagen and other ECM proteins. Fbln1c, one of the four Fbln1 variants, which predominates in both humans and mice, is increased in the serum and airways fluids in asthma but its function is unclear...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28839497/bronchodilator-response-assessment-of-the-small-airways-obstructive-pattern
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Plamen Bokov, Clémence Martin, Sémia Graba, Karine Gillet-Juvin, Mohamed Essalhi, Christophe Delclaux
BACKGROUND: A concomitant decrease in FEV1 and FVC with normal FEV1/FVC ratio and TLC defines small airways obstructive pattern (SAOP) and constitutes a classic pitfall of pulmonary-function-tests interpretation. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of flow- (FEV1 increase≥12% and 200 mL), volume- (FVC or inspiratory capacity [IC] increase≥12% and 200 mL), flow and volume-, and non-response to bronchodilation in patients with SAOP. An additional objective was to assess whether impulse oscillometry (IOS) parameters allow the diagnosis of SAOP and its reversibility...
2017: Open Respiratory Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826280/severe-therapy-resistant-asthma-in-children-translational-approaches-to-uncover-sub-phenotypes
#12
Aldara Martin Alonso, Valentina Fainardi, Sejal Saglani
Paediatric severe therapy resistant asthma (STRA) affects a very small proportion of all children with asthma, but results in significant morbidity, has a high risk of mortality and utilises approximately half of all healthcare resources for childhood asthma. children with STRA need add-on 'beyond guidelines' therapies because of poor control despite maximal conventional treatments and optimisation of basic asthma management. however, STRA is heterogeneous with marked phenotypic variation between patients and mechanisms from adult severe asthma cannot be extrapolated to children...
August 21, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775094/x-ray-based-lung-function-measurement-reveals-persistent-loss-of-lung-tissue-elasticity-in-mice-recovered-from-allergic-airway-inflammation
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Marietta Andrea Markus, Sergej Borowik, Marius Reichardt, Giuliana Tromba, Frauke Alves, Christian Dullin
Chronic asthma patients experience difficulties even years after the inciting allergen. Although studies in small animal asthma models have enormously advanced progress in uncovering the mechanisms of inception and development of the disease, little is known about the processes involved in the persistence of asthma symptoms in the absence of allergen exposure. Long term asthma mouse models have so far been scarce or not been able to reproduce the findings in patients. Here we used a common ovalbumin induced acute allergic airway inflammation mouse model to study lung function and remodeling after a four months recovery period...
August 3, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762062/sequential-rituximab-and-omalizumab-for-the-treatment-of-eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-churg-strauss-syndrome
#14
REVIEW
David Aguirre-Valencia, Iván Posso-Osorio, Juan-Carlos Bravo, Fabio Bonilla-Abadía, Gabriel J Tobón, Carlos A Cañas
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), formerly known as Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS), is a small vessel vasculitis associated with eosinophilia and asthma. Clinical manifestations commonly seen in patients presenting with EGPA range from upper airway and lung involvement to neurological, cardiac, cutaneous, and renal manifestations. Treatment for severe presentations includes steroids, cyclophosphamide, plasmapheresis, and recently, rituximab. Rituximab is associated with a good response in the treatment of vasculitis, but a variable response for the control of allergic symptoms...
July 31, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738344/quantitative-low-dose-computed-tomography-of-the-lung-parenchyma-and-airways-for-the-differentiation-between-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-asthma-patients
#15
Huai Chen, Qing-Si Zeng, Min Zhang, Rong-Chang Chen, Ting-Ting Xia, Wei Wang, Xiaoyin Xu, Yubao Guan
BACKGROUND: It is difficult to differentiate between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma in clinics; therefore, for diagnostic purposes, imaging-based measurements could be beneficial to differentiate between the two diseases. OBJECTIVES: We aim to analyze quantitative measurements of the lung and bronchial parameters that are provided by low-dose computed tomography (CT) to differentiate COPD and asthma from an imaging perspective. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 69 COPD patients, 52 asthma patients, and 20 healthy subjects were recruited to participate in CT imaging and pulmonary function tests (PFTs)...
2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735230/granulometry-microbial-composition-and-biological-activity-of-dusts-collected-in-french-dairy-farms
#16
Hugo Pfister, Claudie Morzadec, Pierre Le Cann, Laurent Madec, Valérie Lecureur, Martine Chouvet, Stéphane Jouneau, Laurent Vernhet
BACKGROUND: Dairy working increases the prevalence of lower airway respiratory diseases, especially COPD and asthma. Epidemiological studies have reported that chronic inhalation of organic dusts released during specific daily tasks could represent a major risk factor for development of these pathologies in dairy workers. Knowledge on size, nature and biological activity of such organic dusts remain however limited. OBJECTIVE: To compare size distribution, microbial composition and cellular effects of dusts liberated by the spreading of straw bedding in five French dairy farms located in Brittany...
October 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649293/small-airways-disease-and-severe-asthma
#17
REVIEW
Tara F Carr, Roula Altisheh, Myron Zitt
The small airways of the lungs are commonly affected in pediatric and adult asthma. Small airways disease has been related to asthma control, severity, and risk of exacerbation. Diagnosis of small airways disease can be best made through evaluation of surgical lung specimens. Noninvasive techniques including spirometry, plethysmography, nitrogen washout, impulse oscillometry, and cross-sectional imaging have been utilized to assess and infer the extent of small airways disease in asthma and can be used longitudinally to assess response to treatment...
2017: World Allergy Organization Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626064/monitoring-c3ar-expression-using-a-floxed-tdtomato-c3ar-reporter-knock-in-mouse
#18
Katharina M Quell, Christian M Karsten, Anna Kordowski, Larissa Nogueira Almeida, Daria Briukhovetska, Anna V Wiese, Jing Sun, Fanny Ender, Konstantina Antoniou, Torsten Schröder, Inken Schmudde, Johann L Berger, Peter König, Tillman Vollbrandt, Yves Laumonnier, Jörg Köhl
C3a exerts multiple biologic functions through activation of its cognate C3a receptor. C3(-/-) and C3aR(-/-) mice have been instrumental in defining important roles of the C3a/C3aR axis in the regulation of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases, including ischemia/reperfusion injury, allergic asthma, autoimmune nephritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Surprisingly little is known about C3aR expression and function in immune and stromal cells. To close this gap, we generated a floxed tandem-dye Tomato (tdTomato)-C3aR reporter knock-in mouse, which we used to monitor C3aR expression in cells residing in the lung, airways, lamina propria (LP) of the small intestine, brain, visceral adipose tissue, bone marrow (BM), spleen, and the circulation...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601047/role-of-epigenetics-in-the-pathogenesis-of-asthma
#19
Zahra Alizadeh, Esmaeil Mortaz, Ian Adcock, Mostafa Moin
Asthma is a complex, heterogeneous and chronic airway inflammatory disease with different clinical phenotypes caused by diverse triggers and pathophysiological mechanisms. Asthma heritability has been established in many genetic studies but it is evident that only genetic elements are not responsible for the development of asthma. Increasing rate of asthma incidence during past decades has implicated the role of epigenetics in development of asthma. Environmental factors perform as initiator signals through epigenetic mechanisms...
April 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596268/application-of-euclidean-distance-mapping-for-assessment-of-basement-membrane-thickness-distribution-in-asthma
#20
Leila B Mostaco-Guidolin, Soheil M Hajimohammadi, Dragos Mihai Vasilescu, Tillie-Louise Hackett
Abnormal thickening of the airway basement membrane is one of the hallmarks of airway remodeling in asthma. Current protocols for measuring the basement membrane involve the use of stained tissue sections and measurements of the basement membrane thickness at certain intervals, followed by the calculation of the geometric mean thickness for each airway. This report describes an automated, unbiased approach which uses colour segmentation to identify structures of interest on stained sections and euclidean distance mapping to measure the thickness distribution of airway structures...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
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