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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530840/oral-glucocorticoid-sparing-effect-of-benralizumab-in-severe-asthma
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Parameswaran Nair, Sally Wenzel, Klaus F Rabe, Arnaud Bourdin, Njira L Lugogo, Piotr Kuna, Peter Barker, Stephanie Sproule, Sandhia Ponnarambil, Mitchell Goldman
Background Many patients with severe asthma rely on oral glucocorticoids to manage their disease. We investigated whether benralizumab, a monoclonal antibody directed against the alpha subunit of the interleukin-5 receptor that significantly reduces the incidence of asthma exacerbations, was also effective as an oral glucocorticoid-sparing therapy in patients relying on oral glucocorticoids to manage severe asthma associated with eosinophilia. Methods In a 28-week randomized, controlled trial, we assessed the effects of benralizumab (at a dose of 30 mg administered subcutaneously either every 4 weeks or every 8 weeks [with the first three doses administered every 4 weeks]) versus placebo on the reduction in the oral glucocorticoid dose while asthma control was maintained in adult patients with severe asthma...
May 22, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529118/early-life-allergen-and-air-pollutant-exposures-alter-longitudinal-blood-immune-profiles-in-infant-rhesus-monkeys
#2
Candace M Crowley, Justin H Fontaine, Joan E Gerriets, Edward S Schelegle, Dallas M Hyde, Lisa A Miller
Early life is a critical period for the progressive establishment of immunity in response to environmental stimuli; the impact of airborne challenges on this process is not well defined. In a longitudinal fashion, we determined the effect of episodic house dust mite (HDM) aerosol and ozone inhalation, both separately and combined, on peripheral blood immune cell phenotypes and cytokine expression from 4 to 25weeks of age in an infant rhesus monkey model of childhood development. Immune profiles in peripheral blood were compared with lung lavage at 25weeks of age...
May 18, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476343/immune-responses-to-fungal-aeroallergen-in-heligmosomoides-polygyrus-infected-mice-vary-by-age
#3
Nopporn Apiwattanakul, Maneesha Palipane, Amali Eashani Samarasinghe
Parasite infections in the developing world have been considered to promote resistance to immune-mediated diseases such as asthma. Mouse studies have shown that helminths and their products reduce the development of allergic asthma. Since epidemiologic studies that show similar protection are in relation to geohelminth infections that occur in early life, we hypothesized that the parasite-mediated protection against asthma may differ by age. Mice infected with Heligmosomoides polygyrus at 3-weeks of age had similar asthma phenotype compared to mice infected at 28-weeks of age wherein airway eosinophilia was unaltered but tissue inflammation and GC metaplasia were reduced...
April 27, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454572/invasive-pulmonary-mucormycosis-rare-presentation-with-pulmonary-eosinophilia
#4
Taizou Hirano, Mitsuhiro Yamada, Kei Sato, Koji Murakami, Tokiwa Tamai, Yoshiya Mitsuhashi, Tsutomu Tamada, Hisatoshi Sugiura, Naomi Sato, Ryoko Saito, Junya Tominaga, Akira Watanabe, Masakazu Ichinose
BACKGROUND: Fungi can cause a variety of infectious diseases, including invasive mycosis and non-invasive mycosis, as well as allergic diseases. The different forms of mycosis usually have been described as mutually exclusive, independent entities, with few descriptions of overlapping cases. Here, we describe the first reported case of a patient with the complication of pulmonary eosinophilia in the course of invasive mucormycosis. CASE PRESENTATION: A 74-year-old Japanese man with asthma-COPD overlap underwent emergency surgery for a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm...
April 28, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451433/lenalidomide-induced-eosinophilic-pneumonia
#5
Andrew Toma, Aaron P Rapoport, Allen Burke, Ashutosh Sachdeva
Multiple myeloma is a plasma cell dyscrasia accounting for 10% of haematologic malignancies. Lenalidomide is an immunomodulatory drug analogous to thalidomide that is approved for use in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome, and in combination with dexamethasone for refractory or relapsed multiple myeloma. Lenalidomide is preferred to thalidomide because of reduced toxicity, and pulmonary side effects are considered rare. We present, to our knowledge, an unusual and first reported case of a patient with relapsed multiple myeloma who received lenalidomide after autologous stem cell transplant, then developed eosinophilic pneumonia presenting as dyspnoea, peripheral eosinophilia, and bilateral pulmonary opacities...
July 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414672/a-strong-and-fortuitous-case-of-dyspnea
#6
R Hammer, M Sciaudone
CASE: A 48 year-old man with no past medical history was sent to our emergency department (ED); from a primary care clinic for hypertensive urgency of 200/130. The man reported an intermittent non-productive cough of approximately one year's duration and worsening dyspnea on exertion and orthopnea over the last month with lower extremity swelling. Of note, he emigrated from Honduras twenty years ago. Blood pressure normalized with administration of Lasix in the ED. Physical exam revealed rales in lung bases bilaterally, jugular venous distension, lower extremity pitting edema with serpiginous patches of erythema and excoriation, and a cardiac gallop...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402696/chronic-cough-and-an-atypical-pattern-of-peripheral-pulmonary-opacities-a-case-report-secondary-to-suspected-drug-onset
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Ronnie Alas, Mark Tony Williams, Ghiam Yamin, Mohsen Rofoogaran
INTRODUCTION: Chronic eosinophilic pneumonia (CEP) is an idiopathic interstitial lung disease with nonspecific symptoms that involves a complex inflammatory cascade. CASE STUDY: A 36-year-old prisoner with a history of psoriasis presented with progressive worsening dyspnea, chest pain, and cough. His symptoms started 2-months after starting adalimumab, a tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-inhibitor, for psoriasis treatment. RESULTS: Initial workup revealed 27% eosinophils on complete blood count, elevated IgE levels on bronchoalveolar lavage, and bilateral peripheral lung opacities on imaging...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399782/the-effects-of-chrysophanol-on-ovalbumin-ova-induced-chronic-lung-toxicology-by-inhibiting-th17-response
#8
Chunyan Zhang, Yafan Song, Congxia Wang, Ling Zhao, Huafeng Kang, Xiaobin Ma, Jing Wang, Tianzhu Zhang, Wang Shumin, Chunhua Ma
Chrysophanol (CH), extracted from plants of Rheum genus, possesses various pharmacological effects including anti-inflammatory activity. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the protective effects and the underlying mechanisms of CH on ovalbumin (OVA)-induced asthma in mice. Fifty mice were randomly assigned to five experimental groups: control group, model group, dexamethasone (2 mg/kg) group and CH (5 and 10 mg/kg) groups. The number of eosinophil cells and the production of interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-1β, IL-17 A and tumor necrosis factor-α in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were measured...
June 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396690/sputum-cell-counts-to-manage-prednisone-dependent-asthma-effects-on-fev1-and-eosinophilic-exacerbations
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Afia Aziz-Ur-Rehman, Angira Dasgupta, Melanie Kjarsgaard, Frederick E Hargreave, Parameswaran Nair
BACKGROUND: Prednisone dependence in asthma is usually described based on clinical and spirometric characteristics. It is generally believed that these patients have frequent exacerbations and lose lung function rapidly because of uncontrolled airway eosinophilia. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study are to report the effect on asthma exacerbations and the change in lung function over time in prednisone-dependent asthma when severe asthma is managed using a protocol that aims to maintain normal sputum cell counts...
2017: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393456/blackcurrant-anthocyanins-modulate-ccl11-secretion-and-suppress-allergic-airway-inflammation
#10
Odette M Shaw, Tafadzwa Nyanhanda, Tony K McGhie, Jacquie L Harper, Roger D Hurst
CCL11, a chemokine, is linked to the early development of airways eosinophilia in allergic asthma. Therefore, CCL11 production is a target for abrogating eosinophilic-driven airway inflammation. Blackcurrants are high in compounds that regulate inflammation, particularly anthocyanins. In this study, we investigated the effect of oral blackcurrant supplementation on allergen-induced eosinophilia and CCL11 production; we also profiled key compounds in blackcurrants that were linked to this effect. Ten milligram per kilogram (total anthocyanins) of a commercially available, anthocyanin-rich New Zealand "Ben Ard" blackcurrant extract ("Currantex 30") attenuated ovalbumin-induced inflammation, eosinophilia (by 52...
April 9, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385108/urtica-dioica-attenuates-ovalbumin-induced-inflammation-and-lipid-peroxidation-of-lung-tissues-in-rat-asthma-model
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Hanene Zemmouri, Omar Sekiou, Sonda Ammar, Abdelfattah El Feki, Mohamed Bouaziz, Mahfoud Messarah, Amel Boumendjel
CONTEXT: To find bioactive medicinal herbs exerting anti-asthmatic activity, we investigated the effect of an aqueous extract of Urtica dioica L. (Urticaceae) leaves (UD), the closest extract to the Algerian traditional use. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we investigated the in vivo anti-asthmatic and antioxidant activities of nettle extract. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult male Wistar rats were divided into four groups: Group I: negative control; group II: Ovalbumin sensitized/challenged rats (positive control); group III: received UD extract (1...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357706/the-burden-and-long-term-respiratory-morbidity-associated-with-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection-in-early-childhood
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REVIEW
Brigitte Fauroux, Eric A F Simões, Paul A Checchia, Bosco Paes, Josep Figueras-Aloy, Paolo Manzoni, Louis Bont, Xavier Carbonell-Estrany
INTRODUCTION: The REGAL (RSV Evidence-a Geographical Archive of the Literature) series provide a comprehensive review of the published evidence in the field of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Western countries over the last 20 years. The objective of this fifth publication was to determine the long-term respiratory morbidity associated with RSV lower respiratory tract infection (RSV LRTI) in early life. METHODS: A systematic review was undertaken for articles published between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2015...
March 29, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344579/reslizumab-and-eosinophilic-asthma-one-step-closer-to-precision-medicine
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REVIEW
Gilda Varricchi, Gianenrico Senna, Stefania Loffredo, Diego Bagnasco, Matteo Ferrando, Giorgio Walter Canonica
Human eosinophils represent approximately 1% of peripheral blood leukocytes. However, these cells have the propensity to leave the blood stream and migrate into inflamed tissues. Eosinophilic inflammation is present in a significant proportion of patients with severe asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects more than 315 million people worldwide, with 10% having severe uncontrolled disease. Although the majority of patients can be efficiently treated, severe asthmatics continue to be uncontrolled and are at risk of exacerbations and even death...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337408/eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-formerly-known-as-churg-strauss-syndrome-as-a-differential-diagnosis-of-hypereosinophilic-syndromes
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Yuri Albuquerque Pessoa Santos, Bruno Rangel Antunes Silva, Pollyanna Natividade Zanconato Barros Assis Lira, Luiz Carlos Aguiar Vaz, Thiago Thomaz Mafort, Leonardo Palermo Bruno, Agnaldo José Lopes
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), formerly known as Churg-Strauss syndrome, is a rare systemic disease situated between primary small vessel vasculitides associated with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs) and hypereosinophilic syndromes (HES). Here, we present a case of EGPA in a 38-year-old male, with a previous diagnosis of asthma, who presented with fever, migratory lung infiltrates and systemic eosinophilia that was refractory to previous courses of antibiotics. This case highlights the importance of the primary care physician understanding the differential diagnosis of pulmonary eosinophilic syndromes...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320793/rct-of-the-effect-of-berryfruit-polyphenolic-cultivar-extract-in-mild-steroid-naive-asthma-a-cross-over-placebo-controlled-study
#15
Sharon Power, Mathew Williams, Alex Semprini, Claire Munro, Rachel Caswell-Smith, Janine Pilcher, Mark Holliday, James Fingleton, Jacquie Harper, Roger Hurst, Mark Weatherall, Richard Beasley, Irene Braithwaite
OBJECTIVE: There is preclinical evidence that consumption of berryfruit extract may reduce chronic airways inflammation and modify airway remodelling in allergen-induced models of lung inflammation. We investigated the effect of berryfruit extract on the fractional expired nitric oxide (FeNO), a biomarker of eosinophilic airways inflammation, in adults with steroid-naïve asthma. DESIGN: Randomised placebo-controlled cross-over double-blind trial. SETTING: Single-centre community-based trial...
March 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316848/strongyloides-hyperinfection-in-a-renal-transplant-patient-always-be-on-the-lookout
#16
Murtaza Mazhar, Ijlal Akbar Ali, Nelson Iván Agudelo Higuita
We present a case of a 71-year-old Vietnamese man with chronic kidney disease secondary to adult polycystic kidney disease. He had been a prisoner of war before undergoing a successful cadaveric renal transplant in the United States. He presented to clinic one year after the transplant with gross hematuria, productive cough, intermittent chills, and weight loss. Long standing peripheral eosinophilia of 600-1200/μL triggered further evaluation. A wet mount of stool revealed Strongyloides stercoralis larvae...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303238/feasibility-of-a-peer-led-asthma-and-smoking-prevention-project-in-australian-schools-with-high-indigenous-youth
#17
Gabrielle B McCallum, Anne B Chang, Cate A Wilson, Helen L Petsky, Jan Saunders, Susan J Pizzutto, Siew Choo Su, Smita Shah
BACKGROUND: The high global burden of asthma and tobacco smoking among Indigenous people may potentially be reduced by appropriate interventions that target prevention of tobacco smoke uptake and improved asthma management. The latter includes targeted treatment based on airway inflammation. We undertook a feasibility study in two Darwin schools with a high proportion of Indigenous youth to determine the feasibility of an innovative, peer-led, school-based education program called the Asthma and Smoking Prevention Project (ASPP)...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285268/cardiac-manifestations-of-parasitic-diseases
#18
REVIEW
Maria Carmo P Nunes, Milton Henriques Guimarães Júnior, Adriana Costa Diamantino, Claudio Leo Gelape, Teresa Cristina Abreu Ferrari
The heart may be affected directly or indirectly by a variety of protozoa and helminths. This involvement may manifest in different ways, but the syndromes resulting from impairment of the myocardium and pericardium are the most frequent. The myocardium may be invaded by parasites that trigger local inflammatory response with subsequent myocarditis or cardiomyopathy, as occurs in Chagas disease, African trypanosomiasis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis and infection with free-living amoebae. In amoebiasis and echinococcosis, the pericardium is the structure most frequently involved with consequent pericardial effusion, acute pericarditis, cardiac tamponade or constrictive pericarditis...
May 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283567/eosinophils-promote-antiviral-immunity-in-mice-infected-with-influenza-a-virus
#19
Amali E Samarasinghe, Rossana C N Melo, Susu Duan, Kim S LeMessurier, Swantje Liedmann, Sherri L Surman, James J Lee, Julia L Hurwitz, Paul G Thomas, Jonathan A McCullers
Eosinophils are multifunctional cells of the innate immune system linked to allergic inflammation. Asthmatics were more likely to be hospitalized but less likely to suffer severe morbidity and mortality during the 2009 influenza pandemic. These epidemiologic findings were recapitulated in a mouse model of fungal asthma wherein infection during heightened allergic inflammation was protective against influenza A virus (IAV) infection and disease. Our goal was to delineate a mechanism(s) by which allergic asthma may alleviate influenza disease outcome, focused on the hypothesis that pulmonary eosinophilia linked with allergic respiratory disease is able to promote antiviral host defenses against the influenza virus...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275135/nk-cells-alleviate-lung-inflammation-by-negatively-regulating-group-2-innate-lymphoid-cells
#20
Jiacheng Bi, Lulu Cui, Guang Yu, Xiaolu Yang, Youhai Chen, Xiaochun Wan
Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) play an important role in orchestrating type II immune responses. However, the cellular mechanisms of group 2 innate lymphoid cell regulation remain poorly understood. In this study, we found that activated NK cells inhibited the proliferation of, as well as IL-5 and IL-13 production by, ILC2s in vitro via IFN-γ. In addition, in a murine model of ILC2 expansion in the liver, polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid, an NK cell-activating agent, inhibited ILC2 proliferation, IL-5 and IL-13 production, and eosinophil recruitment...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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