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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437599/human-%C3%AE-defensin-3-induces-il-8-release-and-apoptosis-in-airway-smooth-muscle-cells
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Weijia Wang, Xiaoyan Qu, Xiaomin Dang, Dong Shang, Liang Yang, Ying Li, Dan Xu, James G Martin, Qutayba Hamid, Jiankang Liu, Ying Chang
BACKGROUND: Human airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) may have a pro-inflammatory role through the release of inflammatory mediators. Increasing evidence indicates that human β-defensins (HBDs) are related to pathogenesis of asthma. OBJECTIVES: To examine the plasma level of HBD-1, -2 and -3 in asthmatic patients and the expression of their mouse orthologs in the lung tissue of a mouse model of chronic severe asthma. Further to investigate the effect of HBD-3 on the release of the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-8 and to explore the mechanisms...
April 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434865/allergens-involved-in-the-cross-reactivity-of-aedes-aegypti-with-other-arthropods
#2
Jose Fernando Cantillo, Leonardo Puerta, Sylvie Lafosse-Marin, Jose Luis Subiza, Luis Caraballo, Enrique Fernandez-Caldas
BACKGROUND: Cross-reactivity between Aedes aegypti and mites, cockroaches, and shrimp has been previously suggested, but the involved molecular components have not been fully described. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cross-reactivity between A aegypti and other arthropods. METHODS: Thirty-four serum samples from patients with asthma and/or allergic rhinitis were selected, and specific IgE to A aegypti, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, Dermatophagoides farinae, Blomia tropicalis, Periplaneta americana...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434545/opportunities-and-obstacles-in-translating-evidence-to-policy-in-occupational-asthma
#3
Susan M Tarlo, Ahmed A Arif, George L Delclos, Paul Henneberger, Jenil Patel
PURPOSE: Occupational asthma (OA), a common respiratory disorder in Western countries, is caused by exposures at the workplace. It is part of a broader definition of work-related asthma (WRA) that also includes pre-existing asthma aggravated by substances present in the workplace environment, and it is potentially preventable. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate preventive measures for occupational asthma by case studies. METHODS: In three case studies we discuss preventive measures that have been associated with reductions in incidence of occupational asthma from natural rubber latex and from diisocyanates as supported by published literature...
March 31, 2017: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434422/patient-web-portals-and-patient-provider-relationships-a-summary-perspective
#4
Hannah D Caldwell, Neil B Minkoff, Kalyani Murthy
OBJECTIVES: Patient Web portals (PWPs) have been gaining traction as a means to collect patient-reported outcomes and maintain quality patient care between office visits. PWPs have the potential to impact patient-provider relationships by rendering additional channels for communication outside of clinic visits and could help in the management of common chronic medical conditions. Studies documenting their effect in primary care settings are limited. This perspective aims to summarize the benefits and drawbacks of using PWPs in the management of chronic conditions, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and asthma, focusing on communication, disease management, compliance, potential barriers, and the impact on patient-provider dynamic...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433687/steroid-resistance-of-airway-type-2-innate-lymphoid-cells-ilc2s-from-severe-asthma-the-role-of-thymic-stromal-cell-lymphopoietin-tslp
#5
Sucai Liu, Mukesh Verma, Lidia Michalec, Weimin Liu, Anand Sripada, Donald Rollins, James Good, Yoko Ito, HongWei Chu, Magdalena M Gorska, Richard J Martin, Rafeul Alam
BACKGROUND: ILC2s represent an important type 2 immune cell. Glucocorticoid regulation of human ILC2s is largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: To assess steroid resistance of human blood and airway ILC2s from asthmatic patients and examine its mechanism of induction. METHODS: We studied human blood and lung ILC2s from asthmatic and control subjects by flow cytometry and ELISA. RESULTS: Dexamethasone (Dex) inhibited (P=0.04) CRTH2 and type 2 cytokine expression by blood ILC2s stimulated with IL25 and IL33...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431781/clenbuterol-hydrochloride
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Abdulrahman A Al-Majed, Nasr Y Khalil, Ibraheem Khbrani, Hatem A Abdel-Aziz
Clenbuterol (Broncodil and trade) is a direct-acting sympathomimetic agent with mainly beta-adrenergic activity and a selective action on β2 receptors (a β2 agonist). It has properties similar to those of salbutamol. It is used as a bronchodilator in the management of reversible airways obstruction, as in asthma and in certain patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The uses, applications, and the synthetic pathways of this drug are outlined. Physical characteristics including: ionization constant, solubility, X-ray powder diffraction pattern, thermal methods of analysis, UV spectrum, IR spectrum, mass spectrum are all produced...
2017: Profiles of Drug Substances, Excipients, and related Methodology
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/28429897/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-v4-and-t1-of-the-adam33-gene-in-venezuelan-patients-with-asthma-or-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Daniela Martínez, Diego Lema, Dolores Del Carmen Moreno, Alexis Hipólito García, Jenny Valentina Garmendia, Juan Bautista De Sanctis
ADAM33 is a metalloproteinase important in the extracellular matrix for tissue remodeling, and, consequently, in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Several polymorphisms of the ADAM33 gene have been associated with enzyme activity. One of the most studied polymorphisms is V4, cytosine for guanine in the 3 'UTR region, and T1, adenine for guanine in the exon 19 of the gen. The aim of this study was to ascertain the possible association among single polymorphisms of ADAM33, V4 and T1, in Venezuelan patients with asthma or COPD...
June 2016: Investigación Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429303/natural-evolution-of-ige-responses-to-mite-allergens-and-relationship-to-progression-of-allergic-disease-a-review
#9
REVIEW
Daniela Posa, Stephanie Hofmaier, Stefania Arasi, Paolo Maria Matricardi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Allergenic molecules of the house dust mite (HDM) are crucially important indoor allergens, contributing to allergic rhinitis and asthma around the globe. In the past years, recombinant molecules for diagnostics opened new pathways to investigate individual sensitization profiles and new chances for the prevention and treatment of HDM allergy. This review summarizes the latest findings on the evolution of IgE responses towards mite allergens. RECENT FINDINGS: Several cross-sectional and longitudinal studies confirmed the role of Der p 1 and Der p 2 as major allergenic proteins of the HDM...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428699/putative-role-of-cardio-metabolic-risk-among-poorly-controlled-asthmatics-in-south-indian-population
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Murugaiyan Sathish Babu, K P Sreesoorya, Surendra K Menon, Subiman Saha, A R Srinivasan, S Arul Vijaya Vani, R Reeta, V Kuzhandai Velu
Mortality and morbidity attributed to asthma remains to be the biggest nightmare worldwide. Hence, the study was aimed to compare the cardio metabolic risk factors as assessed by Body mass index (BMI), waist hip ratio (WHR), serum triacylglycerol and uric acid in well controlled and poorly controlled asthmatics and to correlate these parameters with the severity of asthma. A case control study was conducted on 90 subjects who were segregated into well controlled asthmatics (n = 30) and poorly controlled asthmatics (n = 30) who were diagnosed based on Global initiative for Asthma management guidelines and healthy volunteers (n = 30)...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427547/qualitative-evaluation-of-the-st-george-s-respiratory-questionnaire-in-patients-with-severe-asthma
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Linda M Nelsen, Miriam Kimel, Lindsey T Murray, Hector Ortega, Sarah M Cockle, Steven W Yancey, Guy Brusselle, Frank C Albers, Paul W Jones
PURPOSE: Content validity is the extent to which a patient-reported outcome measure evaluates the concepts most relevant to a patient's condition and treatment. The St George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) has been validated in a range of respiratory conditions. This study evaluated the content validity of the SGRQ in patients with severe asthma. METHODS: A qualitative study, guided by a protocol, which included concept elicitation and cognitive debriefing of the SGRQ, was conducted in patients aged ≥18 years with history of severe asthma and blood eosinophil counts of ≥150/μL (past month) or ≥300/μL (past 12 months)...
May 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427362/efficacy-of-budesonide-formoterol-maintenance-and-reliever-therapy-compared-with-higher-dose-budesonide-as-step-up-from-low-dose-inhaled-corticosteroid-treatment
#12
Christine R Jenkins, Göran Eriksson, Eric D Bateman, Helen K Reddel, Malcolm R Sears, Magnus Lindberg, Paul M O'Byrne
BACKGROUND: Asthma management may involve a step up in treatment when symptoms are not well controlled. We examined whether budesonide/formoterol maintenance and reliever therapy (MRT) is as effective as higher, fixed-dose budesonide plus as-needed terbutaline in patients requiring step-up from Step 2 treatment (low-dose inhaled corticosteroids), stratified by baseline reliever use. METHODS: A post-hoc analysis utilized data from three clinical trials of 6-12 months' duration...
April 20, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427296/predictors-of-response-to-therapy-with-omalizumab-in-patients-with-severe-allergic-asthma-a-real-life-study
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Maria Kallieri, Andriana I Papaioannou, Evgenia Papathanasiou, Polyxeni Ntontsi, Spyridon Papiris, Stelios Loukides
INTRODUCTION: Omalizumab is a recombinant humanized IgG1 monoclonal anti-IgE antibody, used for the treatment of severe refractory allergic asthma. However, not all patients with IgE levels within the limits of administration, respond to treatment. The aim of the present study, was to determine clinical and inflammatory characteristics that could predict response to omalizumab. METHODS: We studied retrospectively patients treated with omalizumab as per GINA guidelines in one asthma tertiary referral center...
April 21, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424691/increased-autophagy-related-5-gene-expression-is-associated-with-collagen-expression-in-the-airways-of-refractory-asthmatics
#14
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/28421600/lay-led-and-peer-support-interventions-for-adolescents-with-asthma
#15
REVIEW
Kayleigh M Kew, Robin Carr, Iain Crossingham
BACKGROUND: Adolescents with asthma are at high risk of poor adherence with treatment. This may be compounded by activities that worsen asthma, in particular smoking. Additional support above and beyond routine care has the potential to encourage good self-management. We wanted to find out whether sessions led by their peers or by lay leaders help to reduce these risks and improve asthma outcomes among adolescents. OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and efficacy of lay-led and peer support interventions for adolescents with asthma...
April 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421512/new-insights-into-cockroach-allergens
#16
REVIEW
Anna Pomés, Geoffrey A Mueller, Thomas A Randall, Martin D Chapman, L Karla Arruda
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review addresses the most recent developments on cockroach allergen research in relation to allergic diseases, especially asthma. RECENT FINDINGS: The number of allergens relevant to cockroach allergy has recently expanded considerably up to 12 groups. New X-ray crystal structures of allergens from groups 1, 2, and 5 revealed interesting features with implications for allergen standardization, sensitization, diagnosis, and therapy. Cockroach allergy is strongly associated with asthma particularly among children and young adults living in inner-city environments, posing challenges for disease control...
April 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421429/reslizumab-in-eosinophilic-asthma-a-review
#17
Emma D Deeks, Guy Brusselle
Reslizumab (Cinqaero(®); Cinqair(®)) is a humanized monoclonal antibody against interleukin-5 (IL-5), a cytokine mediator of eosinophilic airway inflammation. Reslizumab is indicated as an add-on treatment for severe eosinophilic asthma in adults, on the basis of data from the BREATH phase III clinical trial programme. In three double-blind BREATH studies of up to 52 weeks' duration, adding intravenous reslizumab (3 mg/kg, once every 4 weeks) to the current asthma therapy of patients (aged 12-75 years) with eosinophilic asthma inadequately controlled with inhaled corticosteroids resulted in significant reductions in clinical asthma exacerbation frequency and significant improvements in lung function, asthma control and health-related quality of life relative to adding placebo...
May 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421345/long-term-predictors-of-anxiety-and-depression-in-adult-patients-with-asthma
#18
Marina Labor, Slavica Labor, Iva Jurić, Vladimir Fijačko, Sanja Popović Grle, Davor Plavec
BACKGROUND: It is well established that anxiety and depression are associated with asthma, but there is limited evidence about the persistence of anxiety/depression in asthma. The aim of our study was to assess the long-term predictors of anxiety and depression in adult asthmatic patients. METHODS: A total of 90 adult asthma patients (63 women, age 18-50 years) with different levels of disease control (28 uncontrolled and 34 partially controlled) were assessed at baseline and at follow-up after 7 years for anxiety, depression and asthma control...
April 18, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421172/aspiration-risk-and-respiratory-complications-in-patients-with-esophageal-atresia
#19
REVIEW
Thomas Kovesi
Chronic, long-term respiratory morbidity (CRM) is common in patients with a history of repaired congenital esophageal atresia, typically associated with tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF). EA/TEF patients are at high risk of having aspiration, and retrospective studies have associated CRM with both recurrent aspiration and atopy. However, studies evaluating the association between CRM in this population and either aspiration or atopy have reported conflicting results. Furthermore, CRM in this population may be due to other related conditions as well, such as tracheomalacia and/or recurrent infections...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421079/severe-sequelae-to-mold-related-illness-as-demonstrated-in-two-finnish-cohorts
#20
Tamara Tuuminen, Kyösti Sakari Rinne
The presence of toxic indoor molds with accompanying bacterial growth is clearly detrimental to human health. The pathophysiological and toxicological effects of toxins and structural components of molds and bacteria have been clarified in experiments conducted in tissue culture and animals, and there is convincing epidemiologic evidence; nonetheless their implications for human health are either ignored or denied, at least in Finland. In this communication, we describe two cohorts suffering severe sequelae to mold-related illness...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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