Dupilumab on Airway Hyper-responsiveness and Ventilation Heterogeneity in Patients With Asthma.

2019-03-27 08:10:42 | BioPortfolio


In asthmatics with airway hyperresponsiveness and a "T2 immune signature" (type 2), Dupilumab will suppress airway hyperresponsiveness (assessed by methacholine PC20 ≤ 4 mg/mL (PC20: provocative concentration causing a 20% fall in FEV1) OR ≥15% decreased in forced expired volume in 1 second (FEV1) during saline inhalation for sputum induction OR ≥25% improvement in FEV1 after bronchodilator) and airway eosinophilia (assessed by sputum eosinophils) and this will be associated with greater asthma control and improved ventilation heterogeneity.


Along with these features of eosinophil recruitment, degranulation and autoantibody generation, that are partly dependent on (interleukin-4) IL-4 and (interleukin-13) IL-13 signalling, two additional characteristic features of asthma ie airway hyperresponsiveness and mucus hypersecretion are also determined by IL-13 biology. Neither of these important features have been investigated in any clinical trials of anti-IL-13 molecules. Accurate endotyping to identify patients in whom IL-13 mediated biology is the dominant pathobiology of asthma (selecting patients with significant airway hyperresponsiveness and mucus secretion) may elicit greater clinical effect. Taken together, we propose to investigate the effects of Dupilumab on airway hyperresponsiveness, on airway eosinophilia and mucus biology and their relation to airway structure and function (ventilation heterogeneity), and airway autoimmune responses.

To satisfy the proposed objective we will evaluate well-established outcome measures of airway hyperresponsiveness (provocation concentration of methacholine causing a 20% fall in FEV1 (PC20), type 2 inflammation (sputum eosinophils, blood eosinophils and exhaled nitric oxide (eNO)) and mucus biology.

Study Design




Dupilumab/Dupixent, Placebo


Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, St. Joseph's Healthcare
L8N 4A6


Not yet recruiting


McMaster University

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-03-27T08:10:42-0400

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