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1.  Oxidative stress and airway inflammation in severe exacerbations of COPD 
Thorax  2005;60(4):293-300.
Background: A study was undertaken to assess both oxidative stress and inflammation in the lungs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) during severe and very severe exacerbations compared with those with stable COPD, healthy smokers, and non-smokers. Two sites within the lungs were compared: the large airways (in sputum) and the peripheral airways (by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)).
Methods: BAL fluid cell numbers and levels of tumour necrosis factor (TNFα) and interleukin (IL)-8 were measured as markers of airway inflammation and glutathione (GSH) levels as a marker of antioxidant status. Nuclear translocation of the pro-inflammatory transcription factors nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and activator protein 1 (AP-1) were also measured by electromobility shift assay in BAL fluid leucocytes and lung biopsy samples.
Results: Influx of inflammatory cells into the peripheral airways during exacerbations of COPD was confirmed. Increased IL-8 levels were detected in BAL fluid from patients with stable COPD compared with non-smokers and healthy smokers, with no further increase during exacerbations. In contrast, IL-8 levels in the large airways increased during exacerbations. GSH levels were increased in the BAL fluid of smokers (444%) and patients with stable COPD (235%) compared with non-smokers and were reduced during exacerbations (severe 89.2%; very severe 52.3% compared with stable COPD). NF-κB DNA binding in BAL leucocytes was decreased in healthy smokers compared with non-smokers (41.3%, n = 9, p<0.001) but did not differ in COPD patients, whereas AP-1 DNA binding was significantly decreased during exacerbations of COPD.
Conclusion: There is evidence of increased oxidative stress in the airways of patients with COPD that is increased further in severe and very severe exacerbations of the disease. This is associated with increased neutrophil influx and IL-8 levels during exacerbations.
PMCID: PMC1747355  PMID: 15790984
2.  NF-κB activation and iNOS upregulation in skeletal muscle of patients with COPD and low body weight 
Thorax  2004;59(6):483-487.
Background: Weight loss, mostly due to skeletal muscle atrophy, is a frequent and clinically relevant problem in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The molecular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are unclear. This study sought to investigate whether activation of the nuclear transcription factor NF-κB and upregulation of the inducible form of nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) occur in the skeletal muscle of patients with COPD and low body weight as potential molecular mechanisms leading to cachexia
Methods: NF-κB DNA binding activity was determined by electromobility shift assay and the immunoreactivity of its inhibitory subunit IκB-κ and that of iNOS by Western blot analysis in biopsy specimens of the quadriceps femoris muscle of seven COPD patients with normal body mass index (BMI, 27.5 (1) kg/m2) and seven patients with low BMI (18.5 (1) kg/m2).
Results: Compared with patients with normal body weight, those with low BMI showed a 30% increase in NF-κB DNA binding activity, a lower expression of IκB-α (3.37 (0.47) IOD v 5.96 (0.75) IOD, p<0.05; mean difference 2.59; 95% CI –4.53 to –0.65) and higher iNOS expression (1.51 (0.29) IOD v 0.78 (0.11) IOD, p<0.05; mean difference 0.74; 95% CI 0.04 to 1.42).
Conclusions: NF-κB activation and iNOS induction occur in skeletal muscle of COPD patients with low body weight. These changes might contribute to the molecular pathogenesis of cachexia in COPD.
PMCID: PMC1747038  PMID: 15170030
3.  Pericardial constriction: uncommon patterns 
Heart  2004;90(3):257-258.
PMCID: PMC1768139  PMID: 14966039
pericardial constriction; chronic constrictive pericarditis
4.  Management of pericardial effusion 
Heart  2001;86(2):235-240.
PMCID: PMC1729838  PMID: 11454853
Thorax  1994;49(7):729.
PMCID: PMC475073
6.  Simplified exercise test for the initial differential diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in HIV antibody positive patients. 
Thorax  1994;49(2):112-114.
BACKGROUND--This study was designed to evaluate the usefulness of a simplified exercise test in the differential diagnosis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). METHODS--Forty five subjects with antibodies against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and pneumonia were included and divided into two groups: those with PCP and those with "other pneumonias" (non-PCP). The test involved pedalling for two minutes on a stretcher bed and was considered positive if SaO2 decreased by at least 3%. RESULTS--During the exercise the mean(SE) SaO2 fell in patients with PCP from 88(4)% to 84(3)%, p < 0.01, whilst it improved slightly in subjects with non-PCP from 91(1)% to 93(3)%, p < 0.05. Sensitivity was 77% and specificity 91%. CONCLUSIONS--This simple test seems potentially useful for the initial investigation of HIV antibody positive patients with pneumonia.
PMCID: PMC474319  PMID: 8128398

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