Beena Puthothu

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BACKGROUND Interleukin 8 (IL8) belongs to the family of chemokines. It mediates the activation and migration of neutrophils from peripheral blood into tissue and hereby plays a pivotal role in the initiation of inflammation. Thus it is important in inflammatory lung diseases like bronchial asthma or severe infections by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).(More)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection has been implicated in the pathogenesis of bronchial asthma. In both diseases, interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13 play important roles. By investigating IL4 and IL13 polymorphisms in 131 children with severe RSV infection and 270 control subjects, we found an association between IL13 polymorphism -1112C/T and severe RSV(More)
Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM1) acts as ligand for β2-integrin molecules and mediates leucocyte trafficking to the site of inflammation. Intercellular adhesion molecule-1-deficient mice show impaired lymphocyte recruitment to the lung, less airway hyper-responsiveness and less lung inflammation than healthy controls. Thus, the aim of the study was(More)
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF-)alpha is a proinflammatory cytokine that is important in the innate host defence and thus in the defence of infectious agents. However, in excess it provokes the development of chronic inflammatory diseases. The aim of this study was to test association of TNF with severe RSV bronchiolitis as example of an infectious disease and(More)
Adhesion molecules are involved in the pathophysiology of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-associated diseases. By testing polymorphisms within ICAM-1, VCAM-1 and E-selectin, we found no evidence for association of any polymorphism with severe RSV infections. Thus, we conclude that these genes do not predispose to severe RSV-associated diseases.
BACKGROUND Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of bronchiolitis in infants. During the course of RSV infection, predominant T helper cell (TH) 2 response is associated with disease progression, whereas predominant TH1 reaction provides convalescence. Interleukin (IL)-18 plays an important role in adjusting the TH1/TH2 immune response to viral(More)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common viral respiratory pathogen during infancy world wide. It induces innate and adaptive immune response in host cells. The toll like receptor 4 (TLR4)/CD14 complex is particularly important for the initiation of an innate immune response to RSV. Thus we were interested whether an association exists between(More)
BACKGROUND Surfactant proteins (SP) are important for the innate host defence and essential for a physiological lung function. Several linkage and association studies have investigated the genes coding for different surfactant proteins in the context of pulmonary diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or respiratory distress syndrome of(More)
Surfactant protein D (SFTPD) belongs to the family of collectins and is part of the innate immune system. Thereby it plays an important role in the defense of various pathogens. Besides it is involved in the development of acute and chronic inflammation of the lung. Levels of SFTPD are elevated in serum and alveolar lavage of asthmatic patients. As SFTPD(More)