Anna Lewandowska-Polak

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The FAST project (Food Allergy Specific Immunotherapy) aims at the development of safe and effective treatment of food allergies, targeting prevalent, persistent and severe allergy to fish and peach. Classical allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT), using subcutaneous injections with aqueous food extracts may be effective but has proven to be accompanied by(More)
Mast cells constitute a significant proportion of cells infiltrating nasal polyp tissue, and epithelial cells may release stem cell factor (SCF), a cytokine with chemotactic and survival activity for mast cells. We aimed to assess the expression of SCF in human nasal polyp epithelial cells (NPECs) as related to patients' clinical phenotypes. Nasal polyp(More)
A major part of the burden of asthma is caused by acute exacerbations. Exacerbations have been strongly and consistently associated with respiratory infections. Respiratory viruses and bacteria are therefore possible treatment targets. To have a reasonable estimate of the burden of disease induced by such infectious agents on asthmatic patients, it is(More)
BACKGROUND Staphylococcal superantigens may modulate airway inflammatory disease. OBJECTIVE We assessed the effect of Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin B (SEB) on T cell activation in patients with nasal polyps and asthma, and its possible link to aspirin hypersensitivity. METHODS Leucocytes were isolated from five healthy subjects (controls), five(More)
The cause of nasal polyp formation is still unknown. Genetic predisposition has been suggested, but there are scanty data to support such theories. Activated epithelial cells may be the major source of mediators inducing influx of inflammatory cells (mostly eosinophils) and proliferation and activation of fibroblasts leading to nasal polyp formation.(More)
BACKGROUND The FAST (food allergy-specific immunotherapy) project aims at developing safe and effective subcutaneous immunotherapy for fish allergy, using recombinant hypoallergenic carp parvalbumin, Cyp c 1. OBJECTIVES Preclinical characterization and good manufacturing practice (GMP) production of mutant Cyp (mCyp) c 1. METHODS Escherichia(More)
BACKGROUND The pathogenesis of rhinosinusitis in aspirin-exacerbated airway disease is closely linked to the disequilibrium in arachidonic acid metabolism. Although considerable amounts of data concerning impaired eicosanoid production are available, the precise mechanism and pathogenesis of the disease are still unknown. The aim of the present study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) after desensitization may be a therapeutic option in patients with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug exacerbated respiratory disease (NERD). The mechanisms that lead to improvement in rhinosinusitis and asthma symptoms remain unknown. AIM To attribute the documented clinical effects of ASA treatment(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanism of aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid: ASA) hypersensitivity in asthmatic patients is related to arachidonic acid metabolism abnormalities, and specific triggering by ASA of 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETE) generation was observed in leucocytes from aspirin-sensitive (AS) but not from aspirin-tolerant (AT) asthmatics. (More)
BACKGROUND The mechanism of aspirin sensitivity in patients with asthma and rhinosinusitis has been attributed to arachidonic acid metabolism abnormalities. OBJECTIVE We aimed to test whether aspirin-triggered generation of 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETE) in nasal polyp dispersed cells (NPDCs) from aspirin-sensitive patients is associated with(More)