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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer incidence in never smokers: a cohort study.


There has been limited evidence for the association between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the incidence of lung cancer among nev...

Video Laryngoscopic Oral Intubation in Rats - A Simple and Effective Method.

Am J Physiol

Endotracheal intubation is a vital component of many rat in vivo experiments to secure the airway and allow controlled ventilation. Even in the han...

Strong correlation between air-liquid interface cultures and in vivo transcriptomics of nasal brush biopsy.

Am J Physiol

Air-liquid interface (ALI) cultures are extensively used ex vivo models to study the epithelium of patients with chronic respiratory diseases. Howe...

NADPH oxidase mediated endothelial injury in HIV and opioid induced pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Am J Physiol

We previously demonstrated that the combined exposure of human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (HPMECs) to morphine and viral protein(s) ...

Supervised pulmonary tele-rehabilitation versus pulmonary rehabilitation in severe COPD: a randomised multicentre trial.


Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is an effective, key standard treatment for people with COPD. Nevertheless, low participant uptake, insufficient attendance and high drop-out rates are reported. Investigation is warranted of the benefits achieved through alternative approaches, such as pulmonary tele-rehabilitation (PTR).

To investigate whether PTR is superior to conventional PR on 6 min walk distance (6MWD) and secondarily on respiratory symptoms, quality of life, physical activity and lower limb muscle function in patients with COPD and FEV1 <50% eligible for routine hospital-based, outpatient PR.

In this single-blinded, multicentre, superiority randomised controlled trial, patients were assigned 1:1 to 10 weeks of groups-based PTR (60 min, three times weekly) or conventional PR (90 min, two times weekly). Assessments were performed by blinded assessors at baseline, end of intervention and at 22 weeks' follow-up from baseline. The primary analysis was based on the intention-to-treat principle.

The primary outcome was change in 6MWD from baseline to 10 weeks; 134 participants (74 females, mean±SD age 68±9 years, FEV1 33%±9% predicted, 6MWD 327±103 metres) were included and randomised. The analysis showed no between-group differences for changes in 6MWD after intervention (9.2 metres (95% CI: -6.6 to 24.9)) or at 22 weeks' follow-up (-5.3 metres (95% CI: -28.9 to 18.3)). More participants completed the PTR intervention (n=57) than conventional PR (n=43) (χ2 test p<0.01).

PTR was not superior to conventional PR on the 6MWD and we found no differences between groups. As more participants completed PTR, supervised PTR would be relevant to compare with conventional PR in a non-inferiority design.Trial registration (NCT02667171), 28 January 2016.

Admission to hospital in the UK at a weekend does not influence the prognosis of adults with community-acquired pneumonia.


Outcomes for adults with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) admitted to hospital at the weekend were compared with those admitted during weekdays u...

Mesenchymal folliculin is required for alveolar development: implications for cystic lung disease in Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome.


Pulmonary cysts and spontaneous pneumothorax are presented in most patients with Birt-Hogg-Dubé (BHD) syndrome, which is caused by loss of function mutations in the folliculin (FLCN) gene. The pathogenic mechanisms underlying the cystic lung disease in BHD are poorly understood.

Mesenchymal Flcn was specifically deleted in mice or in cultured lung mesenchymal progenitor cells using a Cre/loxP approach. Dynamic changes in lung structure, cellular and molecular phenotypes and signalling were measured by histology, immunofluorescence staining and immunoblotting.

Deletion of Flcn in mesoderm-derived mesenchymal cells results in significant reduction of postnatal alveolar growth and subsequent alveolar destruction, leading to cystic lesions. Cell proliferation and alveolar myofibroblast differentiation are inhibited in the Flcn knockout lungs, and expression of the extracellular matrix proteins Col3a1 and elastin are downregulated. Signalling pathways including mTORC1, AMP-activated protein kinase, ERK1/2 and Wnt-β-catenin are differentially affected at different developmental stages. All the above changes have statistical significance (p<0.05).

Mesenchymal Flcn is an essential regulator during alveolar development and maintenance, through multiple cellular and molecular mechanisms. The mesenchymal Flcn knockout mouse model provides the first in vivo disease model that may recapitulate the stages of cyst development in human BHD. These findings elucidate the developmental origins and mechanisms of lung disease in BHD.

What have we learnt about asthma control from trials of budesonide/formoterol as maintenance and reliever?


Despite improvements in medications, devices and understanding of the disease, about half of all asthma patients worldwide remain inadequately cont...

Acute effects of e-cigarette vaping on pulmonary function and airway inflammation in healthy individuals and in patients with asthma.


The acute effects of e-cigarettes have not been scientifically demonstrated yet. The aim of this study was to assess the acute changes in pulmonary function and airway inflammation in patients with asthma after vaping one e-cigarette.

Twenty-five smokers suffering from stable moderate asthma according to GINA guidelines with no other comorbidities and 25 healthy smokers matched with the baseline characteristics of the asthmatic patients were recruited. PFT, IOS, FeNO and EBC were performed before and after vaping one e-cigarette with nicotine. pH and concentrations of IL-1β, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-13, IL-17A, TNF-α, ISO8 and LTB4 were measured in EBC.

FFEV1/FVC ratio and PEF were reduced in asthmatic patients after e-cigarette. Z5Hz and R5Hz, R10Hz and R20Hz increased in both groups. FeNO and EBC pH increased by 3.60 ppb (P = 0.001) and 0.15 (P = 0.014) in asthmatic patients after e-cigarette, whereas they decreased in control group by 3.28 ppb (P < 0.001) and 0.12 (P = 0.064), respectively. The concentrations of IL-10, TNF-α and ISO8 in EBC increased in asthmatic patients after e-cigarette and the changes in concentrations of IL-1β and IL-4 differed significantly between the two groups.

E-cigarette vaping resulted in acute alteration of both pulmonary function and airway inflammation in stable moderate asthmatic patients.

Role of ventilatory control instability in children with sleep-disordered breathing.


The contribution of non-anatomical factors, such as ventilatory control instability (i.e. LG), to the pathogenesis of obstructive SDB in children is unclear. Therefore, we aimed to identify the relationship between LG and severity of SDB, demographic, anthropometric and anatomical characteristics in a clinically representative cohort of children.

Children (aged 3-18 years) with various severities of SDB (n = 110) and non-snoring controls (n = 36) were studied. Children were grouped according to their OAHI. Anthropometric and upper airway anatomical characteristics were measured. Spontaneous sighs were identified on polysomnography and LG, a measure of the sensitivity of the negative feedback loop that controls ventilation, was estimated by fitting a mathematical model of ventilatory control to the post-sigh ventilatory pattern.

There was no difference in LG between controls and any of the SDB severity groups. However, LG was significantly lower in children with larger tonsils (tonsil grade 4) compared with children with smaller tonsils (tonsil grade 1) (median LG (range): 0.25 (0.20-0.42) vs 0.32 (0.25-0.44); P = 0.009) and in children with a modified Mallampati score of class III/IV compared with class I (0.28 (0.24-0.33) vs 0.37 (0.27-0.44); P = 0.009).

A direct relationship was not found between the severity of paediatric SDB and LG. However, an altered ventilatory control sensitivity may contribute to SDB in a subgroup of children depending on their degree of anatomical compromise of the airway.

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American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Volume 201, Issue 7, Page P13-P14, April 1, 2020.

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American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Volume 201, Issue 7, Page 882-883, April 1, 2020.