1. Mouse models of acute exacerbations of allergic asthma.

    Respirology 21(5):842 (2016) PMID 26922049

    Most of the healthcare costs associated with asthma relate to emergency department visits and hospitalizations because of acute exacerbations of underlying chronic disease. Development of appropriate animal models of acute exacerbations of asthma is a necessary prerequisite for understanding pat...
  2. TNF-α and Macrophages Are Critical for Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Induced Exacerbations in a Mouse Model of Allergic Airways Disease.

    Journal of Immunology 196(9):3547 (2016) PMID 27036916

    Viral respiratory infections trigger severe exacerbations of asthma, worsen disease symptoms, and impair lung function. To investigate the mechanisms underlying viral exacerbation, we established a mouse model of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-induced exacerbation after allergen sensitization...
  3. Asthma diagnosis: MicroRNAs to the rescue.

    Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 137(5):1447 (2016) PMID 27155036

  4. MicroRNA-487b Is a Negative Regulator of Macrophage Activation by Targeting IL-33 Production.

    Journal of Immunology 196(8):3421 (2016) PMID 26936882

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short noncoding RNAs that regulate a broad spectrum of biological processes, including immune responses. Although the contributions of miRNAs to the function of immune cells are beginning to emerge, their specific roles remain largely unknown. IL-33 plays an important role...
  5. Targeting MicroRNA Function in Respiratory Diseases: Mini-Review.

    Frontiers in Physiology 7:21 (2016) PMID 26869937 PMCID PMC4740489

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNA molecules that modulate expression of the majority of genes by inhibiting protein translation. Growing literature has identified functional roles for miRNAs across a broad range of biological processes. As such, miRNAs are recognized as potential disea...
  6. TLR2, TLR4 AND MyD88 Mediate Allergic Airway Disease (AAD) and Streptococcus pneumoniae-Induced Suppression of AAD.

    PLoS ONE 11(6):e0156402 (2016) PMID 27309732 PMCID PMC4911048

    Exposure to non-pathogenic Streptococcus pneumoniae and vaccination are inversely associated with asthma. Studies in animal models demonstrate that airway administration of S. pneumoniae (live or killed), or its vaccines or components, suppresses the characteristic features of asthma in mouse mo...
  7. Using multiple online databases to help identify microRNAs regulating the airway epithelial cell response to a virus-like stimulus.

    Respirology 20(8):1206 (2015) PMID 26289417

    Exacerbations of allergic asthma are often triggered by respiratory viral infections. We have previously shown that in a T-helper type 2 (Th2)-biased cytokine environment, mouse and human airway epithelial cells (AEC) exhibit increased expression of pro-inflammatory and anti-viral genes in respo...
  8. Potential mechanisms regulating pulmonary pathology in inflammatory bowel disease.

    Journal of Leukocyte Biology 98(5):727 (2015) PMID 26307547

    Inflammatory bowel disease is associated with a number of comorbidities that arise at extraintestinal sites, including the lung. Pulmonary manifestations reported in inflammatory bowel disease include bronchiectasis, chronic bronchitis and importantly, a range of subclinical respiratory abnormal...
  9. Toll-like receptor 7 governs interferon and inflammatory responses to rhinovirus and is suppressed by IL-5-induced lung eosinophilia.

    Thorax 70(9):854 (2015) PMID 26108570 PMCID PMC4552894

    Asthma exacerbations represent a significant disease burden and are commonly caused by rhinovirus (RV), which is sensed by Toll-like receptors (TLR) such as TLR7. Some asthmatics have impaired interferon (IFN) responses to RV, but the underlying mechanisms of this clinically relevant observation...
  10. MicroRNA-9 regulates steroid-resistant airway hyperresponsiveness by reducing protein phosphatase 2A activity.

    Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 136(2):462 (2015) PMID 25772595

    Steroid-resistant asthma is a major clinical problem that is linked to activation of innate immune cells. Levels of IFN-γ and LPS are often increased in these patients. Cooperative signaling between IFN-γ/LPS induces macrophage-dependent steroid-resistant airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in mous...
  11. Stop Press: Eosinophils Drafted to Join the Th17 Team.

    Immunity 43(1):7 (2015) PMID 26200007

    Eosinophils are commonly associated with Th2 cell-driven inflammation. In this issue of Immunity, Griseri et al. (2015) identify a new GM-CSF-dependent role for eosinophils in the pathogenesis of IL-23-Th17 cell-induced colitis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
  12. Correction: Antagonism of miR-328 Increases the Antimicrobial Function of Macrophages and Neutrophils and Rapid Clearance of Non-typeable Haemophilus Influenzae (NTHi) from Infected Lung.

    PLoS Pathogens 11(6):e1004956 (2015) PMID 26107387 PMCID PMC4479355

    [This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1004549.].
  13. Targeting PI3K-p110α Suppresses Influenza Virus Infection in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Ca... 191(9):1012 (2015) PMID 25751541

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and influenza virus infections are major global health issues. Patients with COPD are more susceptible to infection, which exacerbates their condition and increases morbidity and mortality. The mechanisms of increased susceptibility remain poorly unde...
  14. Macrolide therapy suppresses key features of experimental steroid-sensitive and steroid-insensitive asthma.

    Thorax 70(5):458 (2015) PMID 25746630

    Steroid-insensitive endotypes of asthma are an important clinical problem and effective therapies are required. They are associated with bacterial infection and non-eosinophilic inflammatory responses in the asthmatic lung. Macrolide therapy is effective in steroid-insensitive endotypes, such as...
  15. Regulatory T cells prevent inducible BALT formation by dampening neutrophilic inflammation.

    Journal of Immunology 194(9):4567 (2015) PMID 25810394

    Inducible BALT (iBALT) can amplify pulmonary or systemic inflammatory responses to the benefit or detriment of the host. We took advantage of the age-dependent formation of iBALT to interrogate the underlying mechanisms that give rise to this ectopic, tertiary lymphoid organ. In this study, we s...
  16. Antagonism of miR-328 increases the antimicrobial function of macrophages and neutrophils and rapid clearance of non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) from infected lung.

    PLoS Pathogens 11(4):e1004549 (2015) PMID 25894560 PMCID PMC4404141

    Pathogenic bacterial infections of the lung are life threatening and underpin chronic lung diseases. Current treatments are often ineffective potentially due to increasing antibiotic resistance and impairment of innate immunity by disease processes and steroid therapy. Manipulation miRNA directl...
  17. Quantitative reduction of the TCR adapter protein SLP-76 unbalances immunity and immune regulation.

    Journal of Immunology 194(6):2587 (2015) PMID 25662996 PMCID PMC4355390

    Gene variants that disrupt TCR signaling can cause severe immune deficiency, yet less disruptive variants are sometimes associated with immune pathology. Null mutations of the gene encoding the scaffold protein Src homology 2 domain-containing leukocyte protein of 76 kDa (SLP-76), for example, c...
  18. Dual proinflammatory and antiviral properties of pulmonary eosinophils in respiratory syncytial virus vaccine-enhanced disease.

    Journal of Virology 89(3):1564 (2015) PMID 25410867 PMCID PMC4300751

    Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of morbidity and severe lower respiratory tract disease in the elderly and very young, with some infants developing bronchiolitis, recurrent wheezing, and asthma following infection. Previous studies in humans and animal models have shown ...
  19. MicroRNA function in mast cell biology: protocols to characterize and modulate microRNA expression.

    Methods in Molecular Biology 1220:287 (2015) PMID 25388258

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNA molecules that can modulate mRNA levels through RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC)-mediated degradation. Recognition of target mRNAs occurs through imperfect base pairing between an miRNA and its target, meaning that each miRNA can target a number of ...
  20. MicroRNA Expression Is Altered in an Ovalbumin-Induced Asthma Model and Targeting miR-155 with Antagomirs Reveals Cellular Specificity.

    PLoS ONE 10(12):e0144810 (2015) PMID 26693910 PMCID PMC4691205

    MicroRNAs are post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression that are differentially regulated during development and in inflammatory diseases. A role for miRNAs in allergic asthma is emerging and further investigation is required to determine whether they may serve as potential therapeutic ...