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Hypercholesterolemia contributes to cardiovascular diseases, but its direct effect on lung is little known. 3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors (statins) have been shown to exert numerous effects that are dependent and independent of their cholesterol-lowering...
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a devastating disease without proper treatment. Despite intensive research, the exact underlying pathogenesis remains elusive. It is regarded as a continuous injury, resulting in inflammation, infiltration, and proliferation of fibroblasts and extracellular...
Human and animal studies of acute lung injury (ALI) have shown that matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play an important role in disease pathogenesis, but despite being detected during ALI, the function of the collagenase MMP-13 in ALI is unknown. To evaluate this role of MMP-13, mice deficient in...
ABSTRACT Immunosuppressive and antiproliferative effects of heparin may be beneficial in the field of solid organ transplantation. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) compounds on the development of obliterative airway disease (OAD) in the rat...
Systemic therapies with retinoic acid (RA) can result in toxic side effects without yielding biologically effective levels in target tissues such as lung. The authors adapted a PARI LC Star nebulizer to create a tubular system for short-term inhalation treatment of guinea pigs using a...
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