The possible roles of secretory phospholipases A2 (sPLA2) in asthma include the release of arachidonic acid from cellular membranes, generation of lysophospholipids, sPLA2-mediated activation of cPLA2 with increased leukotriene production, and surfactant degradation. LY333013 is a potent inhibitor of sPLA2. This study examined the impact of two doses of LY333013 vs. placebo on allergen-induced bronchoconstriction following inhaled allergen challenge in atopic asthmatics. Fifty subjects were randomly assigned to treatment, and 40 subjects completed the study. A double-blind, placebo-controlled, random order, crossover study design was used. LY333013 had no impact on the primary outcome variables of the areas under the FEV1 response curve early (0-3 hours) (AUC(early)) and late (3-8 hours) (AUC(Iate)) following inhaled allergen challenge. No significant drug-related adverse effects were observed. The response to inhaled allergen challenge was reproducible and confirms the utility of this technique as a model in which to screen compounds for further testing in asthmatic patients.