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Our report refers to 58-year old woman, who after 7 years of asthma developed multi system symptoms and sings of Churg-Strauss syndrome; these are polyneuropathy, skin lesions, hypereosinophilia, eosinophilic infiltrates around blood vessels. Biopsy of skin specimen confirmed initial diagnosis and helped with efficient therapy. We consider this report to be(More)
The epidemiological association between cancer and exposure to ambient air pollution particles (particles with a 50% cut-off aerodynamic diameter of 10 microm (PM(10))) has been related to the ability of PM(10) and its constituent nanoparticles (NPs) to cause reactive oxidative species (ROS)-driven DNA damage. However, there are no data on the molecular(More)
We investigate retrospectively the efficacy of self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS) for severe respiratory distress (SRD) in patients with central airway obstruction (CAO). Thirty three patients with CAO were treated with SEMS using fiberoptic bronchoscopy method. We found an intraluminal obstruction present in 7, extraluminal compression in 10, and(More)
We assessed the effect of therapy on nuclear signaling related to inflammatory processes in sputum cells of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients were treated with formoterol (F) or formoterol plus budesonide (F/ICS) b.i.d. for 4 weeks, their sputum cells were isolated and subjected to RNA extraction or lysis, followed by(More)
The aim was to find out how the IL-12 and IL-18 levels in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) correspond to the inflammatory activity of the hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP). We studied 12 patients with HP and 13 normal subjects. IL-12 and IL-18 levels were measured using ELISA kits. We found a significantly higher plasma angiotensin-converting enzyme(More)
OBJECTIVE It has recently been described that circulatory and BAL regulatory T-cells (Tregs), defined as CD4+CD25highCD127low are increased in patients with active sarcoidosis compared with other interstitial lung diseases. MATERIAL AND METHODS We studied prospectively 17 patients (10 women, 7 men) of median age 39 years (range 27-65) with active(More)
OBJECTIVE Heat shock proteins assist cellular protein folding and are required for the normal activity of steroid receptors. In this study we assessed nuclear HSP90 and HSP70 proteins and mRNA levels in cells isolated from induced sputum of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients treated for 4 weeks with formoterol (F) or formoterol+budesonide(More)
OBJECTIVE Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by irreversible progressive airflow limitation related to tobacco smoking. This limitation is caused by chronic inflammation of the airways and lung parenchyma and is associated with increased activity of parasympathetic system. The most effective bronchodilators in COPD are muscarinic(More)
OBJECTIVE Immunophilin FKBP51 assists polypeptide folding, participates in glucocorticoid actions and may play a role in glucocorticoid resistance. FKBP51 is altered in patients with asthma, but its role in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) characterized by dysregulation of several pro/antiinflammatory genes is less clear. METHODS We assessed(More)
A twenty eight-year-old male presented with a two week history of dyspnea, cough, hemoptysis, chest pain, and fever 38-39°C. He also complained of loss of appetite, general weakness and left leg pain for two months preceding admission. He was referred with suspicion of lung tumor to our institution. Chest X-ray showed almost total atelectasis of the right(More)