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BACKGROUND Oxidative stress plays a role in the pathogenesis of many chronic inflammatory lung diseases. Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) collection is a noninvasive method to investigate pulmonary oxidative stress biomarkers such as malondialdehyde (MDA). SUBJECTS AND METHODS We measured MDA levels in EBC in a large number of patients (N = 194) with(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of short-term exposure to low levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) on airway inflammation. We studied seven normal, eight mild asthmatic and seven chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) subjects. All subjects were exposed to air or to 0.3 parts per million (ppm) NO2 for 1 h, with moderate intermittent(More)
Ambient ozone concentration is related to asthma exacerbation, but few findings are available regarding the effects of pharmacologic asthma treatment on this relationship. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether inhaled corticosteroids inhibit ozone-induced airway neutrophilic inflammation, as detected in induced sputum, and reduce functional(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify predictors of success for an 8week pulmonary rehabilitation programme (PRP) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS Sixty patients were stratified in subgroups according to baseline findings: airway obstruction (FEV(1) >/= or <50% pred), pulmonary hyperinflation (TLC > or <or=120% pred), BMI value (BMI(More)
BACKGROUND The discrepancy between functional and inflammatory airway response to ozone has been reported in normal subjects, but few data are available for stable asthmatics regularly treated with inhaled corticosteroids. METHODS Twenty-three well controlled, regularly treated, mild-to-moderate asthmatic patients underwent two sequential randomised(More)
Long-term treatment with inhaled beta 2-agonists may be associated with a deterioration in asthma control, potentially due to tolerance. Regular use of short-acting beta 2-agonists has been shown to induce tolerance to allergen or adenosine 5'-monophosphate challenge. The aim of the study was to detect the efficacy of a single dose and a short-term(More)
BACKGROUND Severe asthma represents a heterogeneous group of patients whose characteristics of airway inflammation are poorly known. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the sputum cytokine profiles of different phenotypes of severe asthma. METHODS Severe asthmatic patients (n = 45) were divided into 3 groups: frequent exacerbations, persistent bronchoconstriction,(More)
In the aim to evaluate the relationship between sputum eosinophil percentages and eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) concentrations, as markers of airway inflammation, and different Levels of asthma severity, we examined 223 patients consecutively observed in our asthma clinic. Diagnosis of asthma was made according to internationally accepted criteria.(More)
BACKGROUND The prognostic role of low sputum eosinophils in steroid-naïve, symptomatic asthmatic patients is controversial. AIM To verify whether low sputum eosinophils predict poor response to treatment with inhaled corticosteroids. METHODS Sixty-seven symptomatic asthmatic patients with moderate asthma were examined before and after 2 weeks and 4(More)
We investigated whether exposure to ozone (O(3)) 24 hours after an allergen challenge test would increase airway eosinophilia induced by allergen in subjects with mild asthma with late airway response. Twelve subjects with mild atopic asthma participated in a randomized, single-blind study. Subjects underwent allergen challenge 24 hours before a 2 hour(More)