Kristin Blidberg

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The number of airway neutrophils is increased in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and this may have a central pathophysiological role in the disease. In addition, activation of neutrophils increases their migration into sites of injury. We hypothesize that circulating neutrophils are activated in smokers. METHODS(More)
Neutrophils are among the first cells to arrive at the site of injury. Chemokines secreted by neutrophils affect the migration of both neutrophils and other inflammatory cells, such as monocytes. It has been reported that LPS-induced release of IL-8 (CXCL-8) by neutrophils is amplified by neutrophil-derived TNF-α. We hypothesize that chemokine release by(More)
Severe persistent asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are associated with neutrophil influx into the airways. It is not clear whether neutrophil chemotaxis is influenced by beta(2)-agonists and glucocorticoids, drugs commonly used in treatment of asthma and COPD. The effect of a long-acting beta(2)-agonist (formoterol), and a(More)
OBJECTIVE Occupational asthma caused by flour is common in bakers. We applied novel intranasal air samplers (INAS) to assess wheat allergen exposure and evaluate respiratory protection in bakeries. METHODS Two models of INAS (INAS-M1 and INAS-M2) were compared with simultaneous personal air sampling of inhalable dust, both with and without facemasks.(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to investigate how the expression of adhesion molecules changes as neutrophils migrate from the circulation to the lung and if these changes differ between non-smoking subjects and smokers with and without COPD. METHODS Non-smoking healthy subjects (n=22), smokers without (n=21) and with COPD (n=18) were included.(More)
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