Martine Farce

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BACKGROUND Cells producing a T(H2)-cytokine profile play an important role in the onset and maintenance of atopic diseases, and therefore specific immunotherapy is aimed to induce a switch to cells producing a T(H1)- or T(H0)-cytokine profile. Recently, a novel form of immunotherapy making use of synthetic peptides from the major cat allergen Fel d 1 has(More)
Smoking associated COPD progression is likely to be directly linked to differential injury and repair dynamics in small airways (SA). Although IL8 is a well-accepted marker for injured airway epithelium, Clara cells [the predominant proliferating cells in SA] and SCGB1A1 protein [their major secretory product] have only recently emerged as potential SA(More)
Reactive oxygen species play an important role in promoting inflammation. Blood monocytes have been described to release higher amounts of superoxide anion in uncontrolled and untreated asthmatics. Corticosteroids are widely used in asthma, but little is known about their molecular mechanism of action. The aim of our study was to analyse the ex vivo effect(More)
BACKGROUND Lipoxins and 15-epi-lipoxins are lipid mediators that modulate leukocyte trafficking and promote the inflammation resolution. They are produced by different enzymatic pathways. Patients with severe asthma present ongoing airway inflammation despite chronic long-term treatment including oral glucocorticoids. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was(More)
Cysteinyl leukotrienes (C-LTs) are local inflammatory mediators involved in bronchial asthma. Seventeen asthmatic patients (FEV1 ranging from 41 to 99.8% of predicted values) and 11 healthy subjects were studied. The clinical severity of asthma was assessed by the Aas score. Plasma C-LTs were measured by enzyme immunoassay (EIA) after sample purification by(More)
BACKGROUND Human blood polymorphonuclear cells, which biosynthesize eicosanoids from the 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) pathway, are likely to be involved in asthma, in which glucocorticoids represent the first line of therapy. Their effects on leukotriene release after a short course of treatment, which have been reported in several studies, are controversial. (More)
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