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  1. Allergic bronchial asthma (BA) is characterized by chronic airway inflammation, development of airway hyperreactivity and recurrent reversible airway obstruction. T-helper 2 cells and their products have been ...

    Authors: Harald Renz

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:265

    Content type: Commentary

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  2. The interaction between viruses and dendritic cells (DCs) is varied and complex. DCs are key elements in the development of a host response to pathogens such as viruses, but viruses have developed survival tac...

    Authors: R Stokes Peebles Jr and Barney S Graham

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:245

    Content type: Review

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  3. The glutathione S-transferase (GST) enzyme GSTP1 utilizes byproducts of oxidative stress. We previously showed that alleles of GSTP1 that encode the Ile105→Val105 substitution are associated with the asthma pheno...

    Authors: Anja Hemmingsen, Anthony A Fryer, Michael Hepple, Richard C Strange and Monica A Spiteri

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:255

    Content type: Research

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  4. Afferent nerves in the airways serve to regulate breathing pattern, cough, and airway autonomic neural tone. Pharmacologic agents that influence afferent nerve activity can be subclassified into compounds that...

    Authors: Bradley J Undem and Michael J Carr

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:234

    Content type: Review

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  5. Genomics, or the study of genes and their function, is a burgeoning field with many new technologies. In the present review, we explore the application of genomic approaches to the study of pulmonary hypertens...

    Authors: Mark W Geraci, Bifeng Gao, Yasushi Hoshikawa, Michael E Yeager, Rubin M Tuder and Norbert F Voelkel

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:210

    Content type: Review

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  6. The large surface area, good vascularization, immense capacity for solute exchange and ultra-thinness of the alveolar epithelium are unique features of the lung that can facilitate systemic delivery via pulmon...

    Authors: Remigius Uchenna Agu, Michael Ikechukwu Ugwoke, Michoel Armand, Renaat Kinget and Norbert Verbeke

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:198

    Content type: Review

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  7. X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) is a humoral immunodeficiency caused by disruption of the Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) gene. Typical XLA patients suffer recurrent and severe bacterial infections in childhood.

    Authors: Kazuhiro Usui, Yoji Sasahara, Ryushi Tazawa, Koichi Hagiwara, Satoshi Tsukada, Toshio Miyawaki, Shigeru Tsuchiya and Toshihiro Nukiwa

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:188

    Content type: Research

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  8. The hygiene hypothesis, as originally proposed, postulated an inverse relation between the incidence of infectious diseases in early life and the subsequent development of allergies and asthma. New evidence fr...

    Authors: Fernando D Martinez

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:129

    Content type: Commentary

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  9. The availability of molecular tools to carry out genotyping has led to a flurry of association studies between specific genes and clinical indices of disease or disease susceptibility. Human studies, for the m...

    Authors: Mitchell L Drumm

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:125

    Content type: Commentary

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  10. Interleukin-5 is produced by a number of cell types, and is responsible for the maturation and release of eosinophils in the bone marrow. In humans, interleukin-5 is a very selective cytokine as a result of th...

    Authors: Scott Greenfeder, Shelby P Umland, Francis M Cuss, Richard W Chapman and Robert W Egan

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:71

    Content type: Review

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  11. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a 21 amino acid peptide with diverse biological activity that has been implicated in numerous diseases. ET-1 is a potent mitogen regulator of smooth muscle tone, and inflammatory mediato...

    Authors: Karen A Fagan, Ivan F McMurtry and David M Rodman

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:90

    Content type: Review

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  12. The pathogenesis of cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis (CFA) involves injury, an immune/inflammatory response and fibrosis. The cause of the injury is unknown, but the identification of serum autoantibodies make...

    Authors: Suveer Singh and Ron du Bois

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:61

    Content type: Commentary

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  13. The pathogenetic mechanisms that underlie the interstitial lung disease cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis (CFA) may involve an immunological reaction to unidentified antigens in the lung, resulting in tissue da...

    Authors: Cleo Robinson, Marinella Callow, Sandra Stevenson, Bruce WS Robinson and Richard A Lake

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:119

    Content type: Research

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  14. Interleukin-4 (IL-4) mediates important pro-inflammatory functions in asthma including induction of the IgE isotype switch, expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), promotion of eosinophil tra...

    Authors: John W Steinke and Larry Borish

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:66

    Content type: Review

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  15. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a significant cause of global morbidity and mortality. Previous studies have shown that COPD aggregates in families, suggesting a genetic predisposition to airfl...

    Authors: David A Lomas and Edwin K Silverman

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2001 2:20

    Content type: Review

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  16. The morbidity and mortality from asthma have markedly increased since the late 1970s. The hospitalization rate, an important marker of asthma severity, remains substantial.

    Authors: Mark D Eisner, Patricia P Katz, Edward H Yelin, Stephen C Shiboski and Paul D Blanc

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2000 2:4

    Content type: Research

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  17. Despite much information on their catalytic properties and gene regulation, we actually know very little of what matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) do in tissues. The catalytic activity of these enzymes has been...

    Authors: William C Parks and Steven D Shapiro

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2000 2:3

    Content type: Review

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  18. Glucocorticoids (GCs) are routinely used as anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of asthma. They act through binding to glucocorticoid receptor α (GRα), which represses numerous genes encoding pro-inflamma...

    Authors: Rosalia Gagliardo, Antonio M Vignola and Marc Mathieu

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2000 2:1

    Content type: Commentary

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  19. The human lysosomal cysteine proteases are a family of 11 proteases whose members include cathepsins B, C, H, L, and S. The biology of these proteases was largely ignored for decades because of their lysosomal...

    Authors: Paul J Wolters and Harold A Chapman

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2000 1:9

    Content type: Review

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  20. Although bronchogenic carcinomas progress through a very well defined sequence of metaplasia, dysplasia and carcinoma in situ, very little is known about the early progression of glandular neoplasms of the lung. ...

    Authors: William H Westra

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2000 1:8

    Content type: Review

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  21. Since their discovery 15 years ago, the role of γδ T cells has remained somewhat elusive. Responses of γδ T cells have been found in numerous infectious and non-infectious diseases. New evidence points to γδ T...

    Authors: Willi K Born, Michael Lahn, Katsuyuki Takeda, Arihiko Kanehiro, Rebecca L O'Brien and Erwin W Gelfand

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2000 1:6

    Content type: Review

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  22. Deficient microbial stimulation of the immune system, caused by hygiene, may underly the atopy and allergic asthma epidemic we are currently experiencing. Consistent with this 'hygiene hypothesis', research on...

    Authors: Paolo Maria Matricardi and Sergio Bonini

    Citation: Respiratory Research 2000 1:2

    Content type: Commentary

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