Marie-Claude Bernier

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Asthma pathogenesis and susceptibility involves a complex interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Their interaction modulates the airway inflammation and remodelling processes that are present even in mild asthma and governs the appearance and severity of symptoms of airway hyperresponsiveness. While asthma is felt to develop as the result of(More)
PURPOSE There is an increased prevalence of asthma and airway hyperresponsiveness in elite athletes, particularly in swimmers. High intensity exercise may induce airway inflammation and subsequent remodelling in these subjects. Our aim was to evaluate the effects of high-intensity training on induced-sputum cell populations in elite athletes. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Induced sputum (IS) analysis is a noninvasive, valid, and reproducible method for evaluating airway inflammation. It has been suggested that freezing of IS samples in order to delay analysis is feasible. However, the optimal conditions for preservation of IS samples have not been determined. OBJECTIVES To determine optimal freezing conditions(More)
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