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Airway inflammatory responses to diesel exhaust in allergic rhinitics
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine.
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2013 (English)In: Inhalation Toxicology, ISSN 0895-8378, E-ISSN 1091-7691, Vol. 25, no 3, 160-167 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Context: Proximity to traffic, particularly to diesel-powered vehicles, has been associated with inducing and enhancing allergies. To investigate the basis for this association, we performed controlled exposures of allergic rhinitics to diesel exhaust (DE) at a dose known to be pro-inflammatory in healthy individuals.

Objective: We hypothesized that diesel-exhaust exposure would augment lower airway inflammation in allergic rhinitics.

Materials and methods: Fourteen allergic rhinitics were exposed in a double-blinded, randomized trial to DE (100 mu g/m(3) PM10) and filtered air for 2 h on separate occasions. Bronchoscopy with endobronchial mucosal biopsies and airway lavage was performed 18 h post-exposure, and inflammatory markers were assessed.

Results: No evidence of neutrophilic airway inflammation was observed post-diesel, however, a small increase in myeloperoxidase was found in bronchoalveolar lavage (p = 0.032). We found no increases in allergic inflammatory cells. Reduced mast cell immunoreactivity for tryptase was observed in the epithelium (p = 0.013) parallel to a small decrease in bronchial wash stem cell factor (p = 0.033). Discussion and conclusion: DE, at a dose previously shown to cause neutrophilic inflammation in healthy individuals, induced no neutrophilic inflammation in the lower airways of allergic rhinitics, consistent with previous reports in asthmatics. Although there was no increase in allergic inflammatory cell numbers, the reduction in tryptase in the epithelium may indicate mast cell degranulation. However, this occurred in the absence of allergic symptoms. These data do not provide a simplistic explanation of the sensitivity in rhinitics to traffic-related air pollution. The role of mast cells requires further investigation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 25, no 3, 160-167 p.
Keyword [en]
Allergy, diesel exhaust, susceptibility
National Category
Respiratory Medicine and Allergy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67599DOI: 10.3109/08958378.2013.765932ISI: 000315185300004OAI: diva2:624859
Available from: 2013-06-03 Created: 2013-03-25 Last updated: 2013-11-28Bibliographically approved
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1. Allergic airway disease: studies on diesel exhaust exposures, oxylipins and antioxidants
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Allergic airway disease: studies on diesel exhaust exposures, oxylipins and antioxidants
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Allergic airway disease, i.e. allergic rhinitis (AR) and asthma, is a common health problem. The prevalence is increasing in most countries of the world. Traffic-related air pollution has been found to induce and enhance allergic airway disease, but the underlying mechanisms are not known.

Oxylipins are fatty acid metabolites, of which several have been linked to asthmatic airway inflammation. Oxylipin profiles have previously been investigated in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), mainly reflecting the peripheral lung, but not in bronchial wash (BW), which better reflect the proximal airways.

The airway epithelium is covered by a respiratory tract lining fluid (RTLF) The RTLF contains antioxidants to protect from oxidative stress, which may be caused by exposure to air pollution. Previous studies have reported diminished levels of the antioxidant ascorbate (vitamin C) in the RTLF of patients with asthma. Little is known about the regulation of vitamin C in the lung.

The aim of this thesis was to investigate airway inflammatory responses to diesel exhaust exposure in patients with AR and allergic asthma; to evaluate oxylipin profiles in different regions of the lung in patients with allergic asthma; and to study the distribution of vitamin C transporters in the airways of patients with allergic asthma.

Diesel exhaust (PM10 100 μg/m3 for 2 h) induced a neutrophilic airway inflammation in healthy individuals evaluated 18 h after exposure. Patients with AR and asthma did not respond with an enhanced airway inflammation. However, a small increase in myeloperoxidase was found in BAL from patients with AR, as well as decreases in epithelial tryptase and BW stem cell factor. This indicates that other mechanisms than classical inflammation are responsible for the increased sensitivity to traffic-related air pollution in patients with allergic airway disease.

Oxylipin baseline profiles differed between peripheral and proximal airways in both allergic asthmatics and healthy individuals. Total oxylipin concentrations, and five individual oxylipins, primarily from the lipoxygenase (LOX) pathway, were elevated in BW from asthmatics compared to healthy controls, supported by immunohistochemical staining of 15-LOX-1 in the bronchial epithelium. This suggests that lung compartment-specific sampling should be considered in future studies.

Sodium dependent vitamin C transporter 2 (SVCT2) was, for the first time, found present in the human lung epithelium, localised mainly within goblet cells. A negative correlation between SVCT2+ goblet cells and vitamin C suggests that these cells may play a hitherto unknown function in ascorbate re-uptake and recycling at the air-lung interface.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2013. 60 p.
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1609
Asthma, allergic rhinits, diesel exhaust, airway inflammation, oxylipins, metabolomics, antioxidants, SVCT2, bronchoscopy
National Category
Respiratory Medicine and Allergy
Research subject
Lung Medicine
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83493 (URN)978-91-7459-749-3 (ISBN)
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2013-12-19, Hörsal B, 9 tr, Norrlands Universitetssjukhus, Umeå, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2013-11-28 Created: 2013-11-27 Last updated: 2014-05-12Bibliographically approved

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