Yeong-Ho Rha

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The effectiveness of targeting IL-13 in models where airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) and airway inflammation have already been established is not well-described. We investigated the effects of blocking IL-13 on the early and late phase airway responses and the development of AHR in previously sensitized and challenged mice. BALB/cByJ mice were sensitized(More)
The lung collectin surfactant protein D (SP-D) is an important component of the innate immune response but is also believed to play a role in other regulatory aspects of immune and inflammatory responses within the lung. The role of SP-D in the development of allergen-induced airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness (AHR) is not well defined. SP-D levels(More)
Microbial heat shock proteins (hsp) have been associated with the generation and induction of Th1-type immune responses. We tested the effects of treatment with five different microbial hsp (Mycobacterium leprae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Helicobacter pylori, bacillus Calmette-Guérin, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis) in a murine model of allergic airway(More)
Peripheral tolerance to allergens is mediated in large part by the naturally occurring lung CD4(+)CD25(+) T cells, but their effects on allergen-induced airway responsiveness have not been well defined. Intratracheal, but not i.v., administration of naive lung CD4(+)CD25(+) T cells before allergen challenge of sensitized mice, similar to the administration(More)
Diagnosis of asthma is often challenging in primary-care physicians due to lack of tools measuring airway obstruction and variability. Symptom-based diagnosis of asthma utilizing objective diagnostic parameters and appropriate software would be useful in clinical practice. A total of 302 adult patients with respiratory symptoms responded to a questionnaire(More)
Following allergen challenge of sensitized mice, neutrophils are the first inflammatory cells found in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid. To determine the underlying mechanism for their accumulation, mice were sensitized to OVA on days 0 and 14, and received, on day 28, a single intranasal challenge (s.i.n.) with either OVA or ragweed. Eight hours after(More)
The effect of modifying early neutrophil-mediated inflammation on the development of airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) was investigated using an interleukin (IL)-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra), an anti-IL-18 antibody (anti-IL-18) or a p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitor (M39). Balb/c mice were sensitized to ovalbumin (OVA) and challenged(More)
Studies in murine models have suggested the involvement of the complement anaphylatoxins (C3a and C5a) in the development of allergic asthma. We investigated the effects of inhibiting complement activation after sensitization but before allergen challenge on the development of allergic airway inflammation and airway hyperresponsiveness. To prevent(More)
BACKGROUND Various international reports have shown that socioeconomic and sociodemographic variables are correlated with allergic diseases; however, little is known about how these variables affect Korean adolescents. This study was conducted to identify socioeconomic and sociodemographic risk factors for allergic diseases in Korean adolescents to provide(More)