Therapeutic administration of Budesonide ameliorates allergen-induced airway remodelling

Leukocyte Biology Section, Division of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ, UK.
Clinical & Experimental Allergy (Impact Factor: 4.77). 04/2005; 35(3):388-96. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2222.02193.x
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Airway inflammation and remodelling are important pathophysiologic features of chronic asthma. Although current steroid use demonstrates anti-inflammatory activity, there are limited effects on the structural changes in the lung tissue.
We have used a mouse model of prolonged allergen challenge that exhibits many of the salient features of airway remodelling in order to investigate the anti-remodelling effects of Budesonide.
Treatment was administered therapeutically, with dosing starting after the onset of established eosinophilic airway inflammation and hyper-reactivity.
Budesonide administration reduced airway hyper-reactivity and leukocyte infiltration in association with a decrease in production of the Th2 mediators, IL-4, IL-13 and eotaxin-1. A reduction in peribronchiolar collagen deposition and mucus production was observed. Moreover, our data show for the first time that, Budesonide treatment regulated active transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta signalling with a reduction in the expression of pSmad 2 and the concomitant up-regulation of Smad 7 in lung tissue sections.
Therefore, we have determined that administration of Budesonide modulates the progression of airway remodelling following prolonged allergen challenge via regulation of inflammation and active TGF-beta signalling.

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