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Asthma marker

Gennaro D'Amato, Carolina Vitale, Antonio Molino, Anna Stanziola, Alessandro Sanduzzi, Alessandro Vatrella, Mauro Mormile, Maurizia Lanza, Giovanna Calabrese, Leonardo Antonicelli, Maria D'Amato
Despite major advances in the treatment of asthma and the development of several asthma guidelines, people still die of asthma currently. According to WHO estimates, approximately 250,000 people die prematurely each year from asthma. Trends of asthma mortality rates vary very widely across countries, age and ethnic groups. Several risk factors have been associated with asthma mortality, including a history of near-fatal asthma requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation, hospitalization or emergency care visit for asthma in the past year, currently using or having recently stopped using oral corticosteroids (a marker of event severity), not currently using inhaled corticosteroids, a history of psychiatric disease or psychosocial problems, poor adherence with asthma medications and/or poor adherence with (or lack of) a written asthma action plan, food allergy in a patient with asthma...
2016: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
Tarig Ali-Dinar, Jason E Lang
Obesity is a major risk factor for several conditions including atherosclerotic disease, metabolic syndrome, and upper airway dysfunction. However, the purported link between obesity and asthma has remained more difficult to define, in part due to limitations in past epidemiologic studies and the inherent challenge in accurately defining asthma in children. It is possible that obesity leads to asthma only in the presence of a mediating variable such as an obesity-related conditions such as esophageal reflux or insulin resistance...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
Luzmercy Perez, Knashawn H Morales, Heather Klusaritz, Xiaoyan Han, Jingru Huang, Marisa Rogers, Ian M Bennett, Cynthia S Rand, Grace Ndicu, Andrea J Apter
BACKGROUND: Self-management of moderate/severe asthma depends upon patients' ability to: 1) navigate (access health care to obtain diagnoses and treatment), 2) use inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) properly, and 3) understand ICS function. OBJECTIVE: To test whether navigation skills (medication recall, knowledge of copay requirements ability to provide information needed for a medical visit about a persistent cough unresponsive to medication), are related to other self-management skills and to health literacy...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Kate E George, Dorothy M Ryan, Brian Keevil, Robert Niven, Stephen J Fowler
There is currently no direct measure of measuring adherence to inhaled corticosteroids in asthma. In this study we were able to detect fluticasone propionate and budesonide in the serum of treatment-adherent patients with severe asthma.
October 11, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Paul C Schröder, Sabina Illi, Vera I Casaca, Anna Lluis, Andreas Böck, Caroline Roduit, Martin Depner, Remo Frei, Jon Genuneit, Petra Ina Pfefferle, Marjut Roponen, Juliane Weber, Charlotte Braun-Fahrländer, Josef Riedler, Jean-Charles Dalphin, Juha Pekkanen, Roger Lauener, Erika von Mutius, Bianca Schaub, Anne Hyvärinen, Anne M Karvonen, Maija-Riitta Hirvonen, Pekka Tiittanen, Sami Remes, Vincent Kaulek, Marie-Laure Dalphin, Markus J Ege, Georg J Loss, Harald Renz, Gert Doekes, Michael Kabesch
BACKGROUND: Farm exposure protects against development of allergies early in life. At 4.5 years, protection against asthma by farm-milk exposure was partially mediated by regulatory T-cells (Tregs). The aim of this study was to investigate the critical time window of the "asthma-protective" farm effect via Tregs during childhood immune maturation. METHODS: Tregs were assessed longitudinally at 4.5 and 6 years in 111 children (56 farm, 55 reference children) from the PASTURE/EFRAIM birth cohort (flow-cytometry)...
October 12, 2016: Allergy
L Mascarell, S Airouche, N Berjont, C Gary, C Gueguen, G Fourcade, B Bellier, D Togbe, B Ryffel, D Klatzmann, V Baron-Bodo, P Moingeon
The complement subunit C1q was recently identified as a marker for monocyte-derived regulatory dendritic cells supporting the differentiation of interleukin (IL)-10-secreting CD4(+) T cells with a suppressive activity. Furthermore, C1q expression is upregulated in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of allergic patients in the course of successful allergen immunotherapy. Herein, we investigated a potential direct role of C1q in downregulating allergic inflammation. In mice with ovalbumin (OVA) or birch pollen (BP)-induced allergic asthma, C1q is as efficacious as dexamethasone to reduce both airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR), eosinophil, and ILC2 infiltrates in bronchoalveolar lavages, as well as allergen-specific T helper 2 cells in the lungs...
October 12, 2016: Mucosal Immunology
Nikita Kohli, Dana DeCarlo, Nira A Goldstein, Joshua Silverman
OUTCOME OBJECTIVE: For over fifty years, otolaryngologists, allergists, and immunologists have debated the effect of adenoidectomy or adenotonsillectomy on asthma outcomes in children. Although some have suggested that adenotonsillectomy may contribute to the subsequent development of asthma in children, others have argued that a common mechanism may cause both upper and lower airway disease, and that children who have symptoms severe enough to warrant adenotonsillectomy are also at increased risk of asthma and atopic disease...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Yu Lin Tsai, Wang-Sheng Ko, Jung-Lung Hsiao, Hsin-Hung Pan, Ya-Ling Chiou
INTRODUCTION: In the pathogenesis of asthma, an imbalance between helper T (Th) 1/Th2 and Th17/Treg cells is believed to play a key role in asthmatic inflammatory responses. Some studies indicated that zinc deficiency increases inflammatory factor production and worsens asthma. However, the effects of zinc on T cell profiles to reduce inflammatory response remain unclear Objectives: We investigated the beneficial effects of zinc on isolated cell populations and cytokine levels from patients with asthma...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
Yiyuan Duan, Jiaoyue Long, Jun Chen, Xuemei Jiang, Jian Zhu, Yang Jin, Feng Lin, Jun Zhong, Rong Xu, Lizheng Mao, Linhong Deng
A disintegrin and metalloproteinase 33 (ADAM33) has been identified as a susceptibility gene for asthma, but details of the causality are not fully understood. we hypothesize that soluble ADAM33 (sADAM33) overexpression can alter the mechanical behaviors of airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) via regulation of the cell's contractile phenotype, and thus contributes to airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in asthma. To test this hypothesis, we either overexpressed or knocked down the sADAM33 level in rat ASMCs by transfecting the cells with sADAM33 or a small interfering RNA (siRNA) that specifically targets the ADAM33 disintegrin domain, and subsequently assessed the cells for stiffness, contractility and traction force, together with the expression level of contractile and proliferative phenotype markers...
October 5, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Jacqueline A Pongracic, Rebecca Z Krouse, Denise C Babineau, Edward M Zoratti, Robyn T Cohen, Robert A Wood, Gurjit K Khurana Hershey, Carolyn M Kercsmar, Rebecca S Gruchalla, Meyer Kattan, Stephen J Teach, Christine C Johnson, Leonard B Bacharier, James E Gern, Steven M Sigelman, Peter J Gergen, Alkis Togias, Cynthia M Visness, William W Busse, Andrew H Liu
BACKGROUND: Treatment levels required to control asthma vary greatly across a population with asthma. The factors that contribute to variability in treatment requirements of inner-city children have not been fully elucidated. OBJECTIVE: We sought to identify the clinical characteristics that distinguish difficult-to-control asthma from easy-to-control asthma. METHODS: Asthmatic children aged 6 to 17 years underwent baseline assessment and bimonthly guideline-based management visits over 1 year...
October 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Xia Yang, Jian-Ning Lv, Hui Li, Bo Jiao, Qiu-Hong Zhang, Yong Zhang, Jie Zhang, Yan-Qin Liu, Ming Zhang, Hu Shan, Jin-Zhao Zhang, Run-Miao Wu, Ya-Li Li
OBJECTIVES: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory, heterogeneous airway disease affecting millions of people around the world. Curcumin has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antifibrosis effects. Researchers reported that curcumin regulated Wnt/b-catenin signaling in lots of cells. However, whether curcumin regulates the levels of Wnt/ b-Catenin signaling in lung tissues and DCs (dendritic cells) remains unclear. In this study, we assessed the effects of curcumin on DCs and asthma. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice immunized with OVA (ovalbumin) were challenged thrice with an aerosol of OVA every second day for 8 days...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Clairelyne Dupin, Sylvain Marchand-Adam, Olivier Favelle, Romain Costes, Philippe Gatault, Philippe Diot, Leslie Grammatico-Guillon, Laurent Guilleminault
PURPOSE: Little is known about hypogammaglobulinemia (HGG) in asthma patients. No data are available on the characteristics of adult patients with asthma and HGG. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective monocentric study between January 2006 and December 2012. Asthma patients with a serum immunoglobulin (Ig) quantitative analysis were included and classified into two groups depending on their serum IgG concentration: presence or absence of HGG. Clinical, biological, functional, and radiologic characteristics were compared in univariate and multivariate analysis, using a logistic regression model...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Feng-Jia Chen, Xin-Yan Huang, Yang-Li Liu, Geng-Peng Lin, Can-Mao Xie
BACKGROUND: Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) is an easy, sensitive, reproducible, and noninvasive marker of eosinophilic airway inflammation. Accordingly, FeNO is extensively used to diagnose and manage asthma. Patients with COPD who share some of the features of asthma have a condition called asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS). The feasibility of using FeNO to differentiate ACOS patients from asthma and COPD patients remains unclear. METHODS: From February 2013 to May 2016, patients suspected with asthma and COPD through physician's opinion were subjected to FeNO measurement, pulmonary function test (PFT), and bronchial hyperresponsiveness or bronchodilator test...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Susanne Mueller-Rompa, Tobias Janke, Karin Schwaiger, Melanie Mayer, Johann Bauer, Jon Genuneit, Charlotte Braun-Fahrlaender, Elisabeth Horak, Andrzej Boznanski, Erika von Mutius, Markus Johannes Ege
BACKGROUND: Exposure to moulds has been related to asthma risk both positively and negatively, depending on the environmental setting. The pertinent results are based on generic markers or culturing methods though the majority of present fungi cannot be cultured under laboratory conditions. The aim of the present analysis was to assess environmental dust samples for asthma-protective fungal candidates with a comprehensive molecular technique covering also non-cultivable and non-viable fungi...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Jian-Guo Zhang, Xiao-Juan Chen, Tao Liu, Shu-Juan Jiang
Asthma is a chronic bronchial inflammation that results to reversible incidence of airway obstruction and shortness of breath. Under normal circumstances, the lung immune system is maintained in a state of controlled inflammation, where balance exists between protective immunity mediated by effector cells and tolerance mediated by cells with regulatory function. Therefore, the inflammation observed in asthma patients may be caused by an imbalance between regulatory T (Treg) cells (CD4-positive with high expression of CD25 surface markers) and forkhead box P3 (FOXP3)-positive pro-inflammatory T helper 17 (Th17) cells...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, Kyung Hwa Jung, Andrew G Rundle, Lori A Hoepner, Joshua B Bautista, Frederica P Perera, Steven N Chillrud, Matthew S Perzanowski, Rachel L Miller
OBJECTIVE: Regular physical activity can improve cardiopulmonary health; however, increased respiratory rates and tidal volumes during activity may increase the effective internal dose of air pollution exposure. Our objective was to investigate the impact of black carbon (BC) measured by personal sampler on the relationship between physical activity and fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), a marker of airway inflammation. We hypothesized that higher personal BC would attenuate the protective effect of physical activity on airway inflammation...
September 29, 2016: Environmental Research
Sachio Takeno, Yutaka Okabayashi, Takashi Kohno, Kouhei Yumii, Katsuhiro Hirakawa
OBJECTIVE: Patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) show augmented activity of nitric oxide (NO) metabolism, similar to those in bronchial asthma (BA). We hypothesized that measurements of nasal fractional exhaled NO (FeNO) could be used as an objective marker to detect the presence of AR. Our objective was to clarify the influence of nasal airflow resistance (NAR) on nasal FeNO levels through an exhalation maneuver in symptomatic AR patients. We also examined the diagnostic test validity of the mean nasal FeNO level for disease discrimination by means of a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis...
September 27, 2016: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
Konstantinos Porpodis, Kalliopi Domvri, Theodoros Kontakiotis, Evagelia Fouka, Eirini Kontakioti, Konstantinos Zarogoulidis, Despina Papakosta
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to demonstrate and compare the diagnostic validity of two bronchial challenges and to investigate their correlation with patient clinical status, atopy and inflammation markers. METHODS: Eighty-eight patients, 47 women and 41 men, mean age 38.56±16.73 years who presented with asthma related symptoms and were not on any anti-asthma medication, were challenged with mannitol and methacholine on separate days. Medical history regarding asthmatic symptoms, physical examination, skin prick tests and FeNO levels were also assessed...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
K Hutchinson, C Kerley, L Cormican, Y Rochev, J Faul
Since Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory effects we wondered whether the association between low serum 25OHD and airway obstruction in moderate persistent asthma might be explained by inflammatory pathways that worsen asthma. All subjects examined were Irish Caucasians with moderate persistent asthma and none took systemic steroid therapy. In addition to computerized spirometry, we measured BMI, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD), total IgE, Eosinophil Cationic Protein (ECP), and high sensitive C- reactive protein (hs-CRP)...
2016: Irish Medical Journal
Dhamotharan Pattarayan, Rajesh K Thimmulappa, Vilwanathan Ravikumar, Subbiah Rajasekaran
Lack of markers of subclinical disease state and clinical phenotype other than pulmonary function test has made the diagnosis and interventions of environmental respiratory diseases a major challenge. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), small non-coding single stranded RNAs, have emerged as potential disease-modifier in various environmental respiratory diseases. They can also be found in various body fluids and are remarkably stable. Because of their high stability, disease-specific expression, and the ease to detect and quantify them have raised the potential of miRNAs in body fluids to be useful clinical diagnostic biomarkers for lung disease phenotyping...
September 27, 2016: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
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