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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792287/safety-tolerability-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-glpg1690-a-novel-autotaxin-inhibitor-to-treat-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-flora-a-phase-2a-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
#1
Toby M Maher, Ellen M van der Aar, Olivier Van de Steen, Lisa Allamassey, Julie Desrivot, Sonia Dupont, Liesbeth Fagard, Paul Ford, Ann Fieuw, Wim Wuyts
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) causes irreversible loss of lung function. People with IPF have increased concentrations of autotaxin in lung tissue and lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and exhaled condensate. GLPG1690 (Galapagos, Mechelen, Belgium) is a novel, potent, selective autotaxin inhibitor with good oral exposure. We explored the effects of GLPG1690 in patients with IPF. METHODS: This was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2a study done in 17 centres in Italy, Ukraine and the UK...
May 18, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792217/hypoargininemia-exacerbates-airway-hyperresponsiveness-in-a-mouse-model-of-asthma
#2
Roy H E Cloots, Matthew E Poynter, Els Terwindt, Wouter H Lamers, S Eleonore Köhler
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition, with airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) and inflammation as hallmarks. The hypothesis that the substantially increased expression of arginase 1 in activated macrophages limits the availability of L-arginine for nitric oxide synthesis, and thus increases AHR in lungs of mice with experimentally induced allergic asthma was recently refuted by several studies. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that, instead, a low circulating concentration of arginine aggravates AHR in the same murine asthma model...
May 23, 2018: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792201/cerium-dioxide-nanoparticles-exacerbate-house-dust-mite-induced-type-ii-airway-inflammation
#3
Kirsty Meldrum, Sarah B Robertson, Isabella Römer, Tim Marczylo, Lareb S N Dean, Andrew Rogers, Timothy W Gant, Rachel Smith, Terry D Tetley, Martin O Leonard
BACKGROUND: Nanomaterial inhalation represents a potential hazard for respiratory conditions such as asthma. Cerium dioxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) have the ability to modify disease outcome but have not been investigated for their effect on models of asthma and inflammatory lung disease. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of CeO2 NPs in a house dust mite (HDM) induced murine model of asthma. RESULTS: Repeated intranasal instillation of CeO2 NPs in the presence of HDM caused the induction of a type II inflammatory response, characterised by increased bronchoalveolar lavage eosinophils, mast cells, total plasma IgE and goblet cell metaplasia...
May 23, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790670/reference-equations-for-the-interpretation-of-forced-expiratory-and-plethysmographic-measurements-in-infants
#4
Zihang Lu, Rachel E Foong, Krzysztof Kowalik, Theo J Moraes, Aimee Dubeau, Diana Lefebvre, Stephanie D Davis, Susan Balkovec, Allan Becker, Piush Mandhane, Stuart E Turvey, Wendy Lou, Malcolm R Sears, Felix Ratjen, Padmaja Subbarao
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary function testing is commonly performed for diagnosis and clinical management of respiratory diseases. It is important to use appropriate reference equations from healthy subjects for interpretation of data from infants with lung disease. This study aimed to determine if published reference equations were similar to forced flow measures and plethysmographic infant pulmonary function testing data collected in the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study...
May 23, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788515/-survey-of-specialist-pulmonary-medicine-health-care-structures-for-patients-with-interstitial-lung-disease-in-nordrhein-westfalen-germany-a-pilot-project-of-the-western-german-respiratory-society-wdgp
#5
L Hagmeyer, P Haidl, M Westhoff, W Schulte, W Randerath, J Lorenz
AIM OF THE STUDY:  Survey of specialist pulmonary medicine health care structures for patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. METHODS:  The Western German Respiratory Society initiated a voluntary registration of ILD expert centers. Structural quality and processes were evaluated by questionnaire. RESULTS:  49 centers were registered, 46 allowed analysis of their center data (15 pulmonology specialist practices, 34 hospital pulmonology departments)...
May 22, 2018: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788047/haemodynamics-dyspnoea-and-pulmonary-reserve-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#6
Masaru Obokata, Thomas P Olson, Yogesh N V Reddy, Vojtech Melenovsky, Garvan C Kane, Barry A Borlaug
Aims: Increases in left ventricular filling pressure are a fundamental haemodynamic abnormality in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). However, very little is known regarding how elevated filling pressures cause pulmonary abnormalities or symptoms of dyspnoea. We sought to determine the relationships between simultaneously measured central haemodynamics, symptoms, and lung ventilatory and gas exchange abnormalities during exercise in HFpEF. Methods and results: Subjects with invasively-proven HFpEF (n = 50) and non-cardiac causes of dyspnoea (controls, n = 24) underwent cardiac catheterization at rest and during exercise with simultaneous expired gas analysis...
May 19, 2018: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787364/effect-of-respiratory-achromobacter-spp-infection-on-pulmonary-function-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
#7
R Recio, P Brañas, M T Martínez, F Chaves, M A Orellana
PURPOSE: Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are susceptible to infection with Achromobacter spp., although its clinical significance remains controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical impact of infection with Achromobacter spp. in CF patients. METHODS: CF outpatients with multiple sputum cultures and follow-up lung function tests were assigned to the case group (infected with Achromobacter spp.) or the control group (never infected with Achromobacter spp...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784474/point-of-care-ultrasound-differentiation-of-lung-consolidation-and-normal-thymus-in-pediatric-patients-an-educational-case-series
#8
Cynthia A Gravel, Richard G Bachur
BACKGROUND: There is a growing body of evidence to support the utility of lung point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in pediatric patients with multiple pulmonary pathologies, particularly pneumonia. As we increase our use of lung POCUS for pediatric patients with respiratory complaints, we must be mindful of the normal anatomy and sonographic findings within the pediatric chest and aware of how to distinguish normal findings (e.g., thymus) from pathologic findings (e.g., consolidation). CASE REPORTS: We report four cases of pediatric patients who presented to the Emergency Department with respiratory complaints for which POCUS was able to distinguish lung consolidation and normal thymus in the anterior chest...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783158/pirfenidone-ameliorates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-pulmonary-inflammation-and-fibrosis-by-blocking-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation
#9
Yi Li, Haitao Li, Shuai Liu, Pinhua Pan, Xiaoli Su, Hongyi Tan, Dongdong Wu, Lemeng Zhang, Chao Song, Minhui Dai, Qian Li, Zhi Mao, Yuan Long, Yongbin Hu, Chengping Hu
Acute respiratory distress syndrome(ARDS)is a severe clinical disorder characterized by its acute onset, diffuse alveolar damage, intractable hypoxemia, and non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. Acute lung injury(ALI) can trigger persistent lung inflammation and fibrosis through activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome and subsequent secretion of mature IL-1β, suggesting that the NLRP3 inflammasome is a potential therapeutic target for ALI, for which new therapeutic approaches are needed. Our present study aims to assess whether pirfenidone,with anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory properties, can improve LPS-induced inflammation and fibrosis by inhibiting NLRP3 inflammasome activation...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781185/helper-t-cell-responses-and-pulmonary-fungal-infections
#10
REVIEW
Andrew J McDermott, Bruce S Klein
The mucosal surface of the respiratory tract encounters microbes, such as fungal particles, with every inhaled breath. When pathogenic fungi breach the physical barrier and innate immune system within the lung to establish an infection, adaptive immunity is engaged often in the form of helper CD4 T-cell responses. Type 1 responses, characterized by IFNγ production from CD4 cells, promote clearance of Histoplasma capsulatum and Cryptococcus neoformans infection. Likewise, IL-17A production from Th17 cells promotes immunity to Blastomyces dermatitidis and Coccidiodes species infection by recruiting neutrophils...
May 20, 2018: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780758/congenital-pulmonary-airway-malformation
#11
Wlamir Pestana Ursini, Cesar Cilento Ponce
Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM) is a developmental malformation of the lower respiratory tract. We report the case of a male newborn diagnosed with cystic lung disease during prenatal ultrasound. A cesarean section was performed at the 32nd gestational week because of premature rupture of the membranes, and soon after the delivery the newborn developed respiratory failure and died. The aim of this study is to report an autopsy case because of its rarity, and to briefly discuss the CPAM subtypes and differential diagnosis of cystic lung diseases of childhood...
April 2018: Autopsy & Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780385/extracellular-vesicle-an-emerging-mediator-of-intercellular-crosstalk-in-lung-inflammation-and-injury
#12
REVIEW
Heedoo Lee, Eric Abston, Duo Zhang, Ashish Rai, Yang Jin
Inflammatory lung responses are one of the characterized features in the pathogenesis of many lung diseases, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Alveolar macrophages (AMs) and alveolar epithelial cells are the first line of host defense and innate immunity. Due to their central roles in both the initiation and resolution of inflammatory lung responses, AMs constantly communicate with other lung cells, including the alveolar epithelial cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779923/a-viral-vectored-rsv-vaccine-induces-long-lived-humoral-immunity-in-cotton-rats
#13
Jessica L Grieves, Zhiwei Yin, Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, Ignacio Mena, Mark E Peeples, Heidi P Risman, Hannah Federman, Marvin J Sandoval, Russell K Durbin, Joan E Durbin
Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of lower airway disease in infants worldwide and repeatedly infects immunocompetent individuals throughout life. Severe lower airway RSV infection during infancy can be life-threatening, but is also associated with important sequelae including development of asthma and recurrent wheezing in later childhood. The basis for the inadequate, short-lived adaptive immune response to RSV infection is poorly understood, but it is widely recognized that RSV actively antagonizes Type I interferon (IFN) production...
May 17, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779575/thirty-day-readmissions-in-surgical-and-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#14
Stein Ove Danielsen, Philip Moons, Irene Sandven, Marit Leegaard, Svein Solheim, Theis Tønnessen, Irene Lie
BACKGROUND: The 30-day all-cause readmission rate after surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) vary substantially. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the overall incidence, causes, and risk factors of 30-day all-cause readmission rate after SAVR and TAVR. METHODS: Eight medical research databases were searched; Cochrane, Medline, Embase, UpToDate, PROSPERO, National Guideline Clearinghouse, SweMed and Oria...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777923/diagnosis-and-management-of-pulmonary-infection-due-to-rhodococcus-equi
#15
REVIEW
Weijie V Lin, Robert L Kruse, Katharine Yang, Daniel M Musher
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi is a recognized cause of disease in humans, especially in patients who are immunocompromised. Because diphtheroids are regarded as part of normal respiratory flora, the importance of R. equi as a pulmonary pathogen may not be fully appreciated and its prevalence underestimated. Most treatment recommendations for R. equi infection were established before antiretroviral drugs became available for HIV/AIDS therapy, and therapeutic strategies may need to be updated...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777306/respiratory-manifestations-in-lps-responsive-beige-like-anchor-lrba-protein-deficient-patients
#16
Oded Shamriz, Bella Shadur, Adeeb NaserEddin, Irina Zaidman, Natalia Simanovsky, Orly Elpeleg, Eitan Kerem, Joel Reiter, Polina Stepensky
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-responsive beige-like anchor (LRBA) protein deficiency is a rare syndrome of primary immune deficiency and immune dysregulation. In this study, we sought to summarize our experience with respiratory manifestations in LRBA-deficient patients. We conducted a retrospective analysis of the medical records of LRBA-deficient patients treated at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Data retrieved included pulmonary workup, disease course, treatment, and outcome. Ten patients were included...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776440/radiological-pleuroparenchymal-fibroelastosis-associated-to-limited-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-a-case-report
#17
D Hassoun, S Dirou, P P Arrigoni, C Durant, M Hamidou, A Néel, C Agard
BACKGROUND: Pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis (PPFE) is a very rare interstitial lung disease (ILD) characterized by progressive fibrotic lesions of the visceral pleura and the sub-pleural parenchyma, affecting predominantly the upper lobes. PPFE may occur in different contextes like bone marrow or lung transplantations, but also in the context of telomeropathy with mutations of telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT), telomerase RNA component (TERC) or regulator of telomere elongation helicase 1 (RTEL1) genes...
May 18, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773606/optimising-experimental-research-in-respiratory-diseases-an-ers-statement
#18
Philippe Bonniaud, Aurélie Fabre, Nelly Frossard, Christophe Guignabert, Mark Inman, Wolfgang M Kuebler, Tania Maes, Wei Shi, Martin Stampfli, Stefan Uhlig, Eric White, Martin Witzenrath, Pierre-Simon Bellaye, Bruno Crestani, Oliver Eickelberg, Heinz Fehrenbach, Andreas Guenther, Gisli Jenkins, Guy Joos, Antoine Magnan, Bernard Maitre, Ulrich A Maus, Petra Reinhold, Juanita H J Vernooy, Luca Richeldi, Martin Kolb
Experimental models are critical for the understanding of lung health and disease and are indispensable for drug development. However, the pathogenetic and clinical relevance of the models is often unclear. Further, the use of animals in biomedical research is controversial from an ethical perspective.The objective of this task force was to issue a statement with research recommendations about lung disease models by facilitating in-depth discussions between respiratory scientists, and to provide an overview of the literature on the available models...
May 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773479/emergency-department-diagnosis-of-septic-pulmonary-embolism-due-to-infectious-endocarditis-using-bedside-ultrasound
#19
Jason Arthur, Juvenal Havyarimana, Ashley Booth Norse
BACKGROUND: Septic pulmonary embolism (SPE) is a rare disorder caused by metastasis of infectious thrombi to the lungs. Most commonly, this occurs as a result of infectious endocarditis. This clinical entity may easily be confused for more common and less mortal diagnoses such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or pulmonary embolism. CASE REPORT: A 47-year-old woman presented in respiratory distress with a complaint of cough productive of rusty sputum, shortness of breath, and pleuritic chest pain...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773297/the-clinical-practice-of-high-flow-nasal-cannula-oxygen-therapy-in-adults-a-japanese-cross-sectional-multicenter-survey
#20
Jiro Ito, Kazuma Nagata, Susumu Sato, Akira Shiraki, Naoki Nishimura, Shinyu Izumi, Ryo Tachikawa, Takeshi Morimoto, Keisuke Tomii
BACKGROUND: High-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy (HFNC) is widely used mainly in the acute care setting, but limited data are available on real-world practice in adults. The objective of this study was to describe HFNC practices in Japanese adults. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional multicenter survey of adult patients receiving HFNC from January through March 2015 was conducted in 33 participating hospitals in Japan. RESULTS: We obtained information on 321 patients (median age, 76; 218 men, 103 women; median estimated PaO2 /FI O2, 178 mm Hg) from 22 hospitals...
May 2018: Respiratory Investigation
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