Hengjiang Zhao

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BACKGROUND During pregnancy asthma may remain stable, improve or worsen. The factors underlying the deleterious effect of pregnancy on asthma remain unknown. Oxytocin is a neurohypophyseal protein that regulates a number of central and peripheral responses such as uterine contractions and milk ejection. Additional evidence suggests that oxytocin regulates(More)
Lung injury is associated with increased concentrations of hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid, HA). HA modifies cell behavior through interaction with cell-associated receptors such as receptor for HA-mediated motility (RHAMM, CD168). Using a function blocking anti-RHAMM antibody (R36), we investigated the expression and role of RHAMM in the inflammatory response(More)
BACKGROUND Dexamethasone (Dex) limits and all-trans-retinoic acid (RA) promotes alveolarization. While structural changes resulting from such hormonal exposures are known, their functional consequences are unclear. METHODS Neonatal rats were treated with Dex and/or RA during the first two weeks of life or were given RA after previous exposure to Dex.(More)
Airway hyperresponsiveness and inflammation characterize the airways of individuals with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Hence, therapeutic approaches that attenuate such manifestations may offer promise in the management of these diseases. In the present study, we investigated whether a novel long-acting cholinergic antagonist,(More)
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