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OBJECTIVES Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) is a common disorder in children, which is associated with enhanced inflammatory status. Inflammation-associated changes could be monitored by the assessment of exhaled biomarker profile. This study aimed to compare the exhaled biomarker profile in children with OSAS and habitual snorers. METHODS(More)
Electronic noses represent a technique for the measurement of exhaled breath volatile compound pattern which can discriminate patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) from control subjects. Although overnight changes in circulating biomarkers were reported, this effect on the exhaled volatile compound pattern has not been studied before. We aimed to(More)
BACKGROUND Electronic noses are composites of nanosensor arrays. Numerous studies showed their potential to detect lung cancer from breath samples by analysing exhaled volatile compound pattern ("breathprint"). Expiratory flow rate, breath hold and inclusion of anatomic dead space may influence the exhaled levels of some volatile compounds; however it has(More)
Accelerated airway inflammation may play a crucial role in the pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA); however this phenomenon has been investigated only in a limited number of studies. The analysis of exhaled breath represents a promising, non-invasive tool to evaluate airway inflammation in this context. The knowledge on exhaled biomarkers in(More)
In this study, we aimed to identify novel genes involved in experimental and human asthma, importance of which has not yet been recognized. In an ovalbumin-induced murine model of asthma, we applied microarray gene expression analysis at different time points after allergen challenges. Advanced statistical methods were used to relate gene expression changes(More)
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a prevalent disorder, characterised by collapse of the upper airways during sleep. The impact of sleep-disordered breathing on pulmonary function indices is however currently not well described. The aim of the study was to evaluate diurnal change in lung function indices in a cohort of patients with OSA and relate pulmonary(More)
BACKGROUND Lung transplantation is the only treatment for end-stage lung disease in selected patients. After lung transplantation, patient recovery is often slow owing to severe underlying diseases in the patient producing hypoxemia before, during, and after surgery, as well as infections and rejection episodes. Postoperative breathing and ventillatory(More)
Microvesicles (MVs) have been implicated in the pathomechanism of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA); however, the results are inconsistent, possibly due to an unrevealed temporal variation in circulating MV levels. We aimed to investigate the diurnal changes of MV fractions in OSA. Peripheral blood was taken from 18 patients with OSA and 9 healthy subjects at(More)
A protective role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on right heart function has been reported only in animal studies of pulmonary hypertension. Twenty patients with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension and fifteen healthy volunteers were involved. Plasma VEGF levels were compared to right heart parameters. Plasma VEGF levels tended to be higher in(More)
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a common disorder in adults associated with several cardiovascular diseases and impaired quality of life. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is also a common clinical condition in middle-aged adults. The combination of these two conditions can eventuate a severe combined sleep-related breathing disorder. It is(More)
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