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Normal lung physiology

Andrea Parraguez Arévalo, Francisco Rojas Navarro, Macarena Ruz Céspedes, Paul Medina González, Máximo Escobar Cabello, Rodrigo Muñoz Cofré
INTRODUCTION: Child and adolescent obesity is an epidemiological problem in developing countries. Its prevalence among preschoolers and schoolchildren is over 30%. It has been associated with a wide range of health complications, including rapid loss of lung function leading to changes in physiology and ventilatory mechanics. The objective of this study was to analyze the association between obesity and the increase in specific airway resistance (sRaw) in a sample of obese children and adolescents from the district of Talca...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Yu Onodera, Ryo Akimoto, Hiroto Suzuki, Masayuki Okada, Masaki Nakane, Kaneyuki Kawamae
BACKGROUND: Although clinical studies of the high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) and its effect on positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) have been done, the washout effect has not been well evaluated. Therefore, we made an experimental respiratory model to evaluate the respiratory physiological effect of HFNC. METHODS: An airway model was made by a 3D printer using the craniocervical 3D-CT data of a healthy 32-year-old male. CO2 was infused into four respiratory lung models (normal-lung, open- and closed-mouth models; restrictive- and obstructive-lung, open-mouth models) to maintain the partial pressure of end-tidal CO2 (PET CO2 ) at 40 mmHg...
March 15, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
Gali Epstein Shochet, Lutz Wollin, David Shitrit
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive lung disease with poor prognosis. Activated fibroblasts are the key effector cells in fibrosis, producing excessive amounts of collagen and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Whether the ECM conditioned by IPF fibroblasts determines the phenotype of naïve fibroblasts is difficult to explore. METHODS: IPF-derived primary fibroblasts were cultured on Matrigel and then cleared using ammonium hydroxide, creating an IPF-conditioned matrix (CM)...
March 12, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Silvia G V Alvarez, Angela McBrien
The ductus arteriosus (DA) is a crucial part of the fetal circulation, both in the normal fetus and in critical congenital heart disease (CHD). It allows shunting between the pulmonary and systemic circulations. In physiological prenatal conditions, the DA lets the majority of right ventricular output bypass the fluid-filled, high-resistance lungs. The DA can cause hemodynamic compromise in the fetus and neonate when constricted or absent (in isolation or in patients with CHD) and may lead to pre- or postnatal sequelae within other systems when forming part of a vascular ring...
March 7, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Alex Veith, Bhagavatula Moorthy
The cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes are a diverse group of heme monooxygenases that, through the course of their reaction cycle, contribute to cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). CYP enzymes play a crucial role in human physiology and are involved in drug and xenobiotic metabolism as well as biosynthesis of endogenous molecules and are expressed throughout the human body. However, during the course of the CYP catalytic cycle, ROS can be generated through uncoupling of the enzymatic cycle. ROS is known to modify endogenous molecules, included lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids, which can lead to cell damage and death and contribute to disease development...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Toxicology
Anna Klimaszewska-Wiśniewska, Marta Hałas-Wiśniewska, Alina Grzanka, Dariusz Grzanka
The identification and development of new agents with a therapeutic potential as well as novel drug combinations are gaining the attention of scientists and clinicians as a plausible approach to improve therapeutic regimens for chemoresistant tumors. We have recently reported that the flavonoid fisetin (FIS), at physiologically attainable concentrations, acts synergistically with clinically achievable doses of paclitaxel (PTX) to produce growth inhibitory and pro-death effects on A549 human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Rolando Vegliante, Luca Di Leo, Fabio Ciccarone, Maria Rosa Ciriolo
Among metabolic rearrangements occurring in cancer cells, lipid metabolism alteration has become a hallmark, aimed at sustaining accelerated proliferation. In particular, fatty acids (FAs) are dramatically required by cancer cells as signalling molecules and membrane building blocks, beyond bioenergetics. Along with de novo biosynthesis, free FAs derive from dietary sources or from intracellular lipid droplets, which represent the storage of triacylglycerols (TAGs). Adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) is the rate-limiting enzyme of lipolysis, catalysing the first step of intracellular TAGs hydrolysis in several tissues...
February 22, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Gareth J Morgan, Kuberan Pushparajah, Srinivas Narayan, Eric Rosenthal
Branch pulmonary artery stenosis is one of the most common complications late after the arterial switch operation. The pathophysiology of stenosis in these circumstances is very different to that encountered in with normally related great vessels. The LeCompte manoeuvre leaves the pulmonary arteries straddled and stretched over the aortic root which contributing significantly to the degree of stenosis encountered. Unilateral branch pulmonary artery stenosis rarely leads to significant symptoms in young patients with biventricular repairs; however, significant discrepancies in the split flows between right and left lung may place the patient in an unfavourable physiological position as they move in to middle age...
February 22, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Ehab Billatos, Jessica L Vick, Marc E Lenburg, Avrum E Spira
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related death due to its advanced stage at diagnosis. Early detection of lung cancer can be improved by better defining who should be screened radiographically, and determining which imaging-detected pulmonary nodules are malignant. Gene expression biomarkers measured in normal-appearing airway epithelium provide an opportunity to use lung cancer associated molecular changes in this tissue for early detection of lung cancer. Molecular changes in the airway may result from an etiologic field of injury and/or field cancerization...
February 20, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
R Graham Barr
Almost 70 years ago, Drs. Baldwin, Cournand, and Richards defined chronic pulmonary insufficiency by the presence of respiratory symptoms, radiologic evidence of pulmonary emphysema on chest radiography, and physiologic gas trapping. A decade later, airflow obstruction on spirometry was added to the definition and insufficiency became a disease. Contemporary studies are reviving the diagnostic approach described by these early luminaries, with researchers finding that symptomatic smokers with preserved spirometry have increased exacerbations and that smokers and non-smokers with normal spirometry but emphysema on chest computed tomography have increased mortality...
February 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Kenneth I Berger
The role for direct assessment of small airway function in subjects with respiratory symptoms but normal airflow by spirometry is discussed. Small airway disease syndrome is described in numerous disease states using a multidisciplinary approach. Data demonstrate that small airway disease is related to presence of respiratory symptoms, exposure to inhaled toxins, presence of local and systemic inflammation, and presence of histologic abnormalities within the distal lung. Investigation of immunological derangements associated with distal airway dysfunction in the setting of normal spirometry may provide insight into pathophysiological mechanisms that are present at disease onset...
February 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Wei Tang, Steven G Smith, Wei Du, Akash Gugilla, Juan Du, John Paul Oliveria, Karen Howie, Brittany M Salter, Gail M Gauvreau, Paul M O'Byrne, Roma Sehmi
Background: Eosinophil-lineage committed progenitor cells (EoP) migrate from the bone marrow and differentiate locally to provide an ongoing source of mature eosinophils in asthmatic inflammatory responses in the airways. Sputum levels of EoP are increased in asthmatics compared to normal controls suggesting an exaggerated eosinophilopoietic environment in the airways. Understanding what factors promote EoP traffic to the airways is important to understand the diathesis of asthma pathology...
2018: Clinical and Translational Allergy
Chiara Agostinis, Damiano Rami, Paola Zacchi, Fleur Bossi, Tamara Stampalija, Alessandro Mangogna, Leonardo Amadio, Romana Vidergar, Liza Vecchi Brumatti, Giuseppe Ricci, Claudio Celeghini, Oriano Radillo, Ian Sargent, Roberta Bulla
PROBLEM: Procalcitonin (PCT) is the prohormone of calcitonin which is usually released from neuroendocrine cells of the thyroid gland (parafollicular) and the lungs (K cells). PCT is synthesized by almost all cell types and tissues, including monocytes and parenchymal tissue, upon LPS stimulation. To date, there is no evidence for PCT expression in the placenta both in physiological and pathological conditions. METHOD: Circulating and placental PCT levels were analysed in pre-eclamptic (PE) and control patients...
February 10, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Douglas L Miller, Zhihong Dong, Chunyan Dou, Krishnan Raghavendran
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary diagnostic ultrasound (US) can induce pulmonary capillary hemorrhage (PCH) in mammals. This singular biological effect of diagnostic US imaging was discovered more than 25 years ago but remains poorly understood. Our objective here was to investigate rapid infusion of intravenous fluids as a possible stressor for capillaries, which might enhance pulmonary diagnostic US-induced PCH. METHODS: Rats were anesthetized with Telazol (Zoetis, Inc, Kalamazoo, MI), which yielded relatively low pulmonary diagnostic US-induced PCH, or Telazol and xylazine, which yielded relatively high pulmonary diagnostic US-induced PCH...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Xuan Liu, Xiaozhen Cheng, Fengzhe Wang, Longbao Feng, Yu Wang, Yanfang Zheng, Rui Guo
Graphene oxide (GO) is a promising material for biomedical applications, particularly in drug delivery, due to its exceptional chemical and physical properties. In this work, an innovative GO-based carrier was developed by modifying GO with chitosan (CHI) to improve the biocompatibility, and followed by the conjugation of hyaluronic acid (HA), the target ligand for CD44, to realize the specific recognition of tumor cells and improve the efficiency of anti-tumor drug delivery. The resulting product GO-CHI-HA was loaded with an anti-cancer drug SNX-2112, which is the Hsp90 inhibitor...
April 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Aine M McKillop, Claire L Stevenson, Brian M Moran, Yasser H A Abdel-Wahab, Peter R Flatt
Dipeptidyl peptidase type 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors represent an important class of glucose-lowering drug for type 2 diabetes. DPP-4 enzyme activity has been observed to be significantly altered in type 2 diabetes. Here, the role of DPP-4 was examined in a high fat fed (HFF) mouse model of insulin resistance. HFF mice had an increased bodyweight (p < .01), were hyperglycaemic (p < .01) and hyperinsulinaemic (p < .05). Compared to normal diet, HFF mice exhibited increased plasma DPP-4 activity (p < ...
February 2018: Peptides
Panfeng Fu, David L Ebenezer, Alison W Ha, Vidyani Suryadevara, Anantha Harijith, Viswanathan Natarajan
Phospholipids, sphingolipids, and cholesterol are integral components of eukaryotic cell organelles, including the nucleus. Recent evidence shows characteristic features of nuclear lipid composition and signaling, which are distinct from that of the cytoplasm and plasma membrane. While the nuclear phosphoinositol lipid signaling in cell cycle regulation and differentiation has been well described, there is a paucity on the role of nuclear sphingolipids and sphingolipid signaling in different physiological and pathophysiological human conditions...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Rolf D Hubmayr, Richard H Kallet
This review describes the current understanding of the lungs' response to deforming stress under conditions of both normal physiology and acute lung injury. Several limiting assumptions are needed to infer lung parenchymal stress and strain from airway pressure, volume, and flow data from mechanically ventilated patients with injured lungs. These assumptions include the effects of the chest wall on lung-surface pressure, its topographical distribution, and the effects of non-uniform tissue properties on local parenchymal stresses...
February 2018: Respiratory Care
Jason H T Bates, Ubong Peters
The multi-breath nitrogen washout (MBNW) test, as it is currently practiced, provides parameters of potential physiological significance that are derived from the relationship between the volume-normalized Phase-III slope of the exhaled nitrogen fraction (FN2 versus the cumulative change in lung volume (V). Reliable evaluation of these parameters requires, however, that the subject breathe deeply and evenly so that Phase-III can be clearly identified in every breath. This places a burden on the test subject that may prove troublesome for young children and those with lung disease...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
Kristine Kjer Byberg, Ingvild Bruun Mikalsen, Geir Egil Eide, Michele R Forman, Pétur Benedikt Júlíusson, Knut Øymar
BACKGROUND: An association between body weight in childhood and subsequent lung function and asthma has been suggested, but few longitudinal studies exist. Our aim was to explore whether weight-related anthropometric measurements through childhood were associated with lung function in late childhood. METHODS: From an original nested case-control study, a cohort study was conducted, where lung function was measured in 463 children aged 12.8 years, and anthropometry was measured at several ages from birth through 12...
January 19, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
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