Mechanisms of Exercise-induced Bronchospasm

2014-08-27 03:29:47 | BioPortfolio


The term exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) describes acute, transient airway narrowing that occurs during, and most often after, exercise. Manifestations of EIB can range from mild impairment of performance to severe bronchospasm and respiratory failure.

The pathogenesis of EIB remains controversial and the role of airway inflammation has not yet been definitively characterized. We plan on comparing markers of inflammation in asthmatic participants with and without EIB at baseline and after bronchoprovocation with eucapnic voluntary hyperventilation testing (EVH). We also will collect demographic information as well as information about asthma control and exercise habits.


At Visit 1, participants will complete questionnaires about demographics, asthma control (if asthmatic) and exercise habits. The participants will have baseline spirometry performed, and skin prick testing for allergies. Skin testing is important as it can influence the level of exhaled nitric oxide and hence we would like to adjust our results for the presence of allergies. Subsequently, volunteers will undergo sputum induction and then have peripheral blood drawn for microRNA analysis. MicroRNA's are single-stranded RNA molecules of about 21-23 nucleotides in length regulating gene expression. Patterns of MicroRNA expression have been linked to heart disease and cancer. Similar patterns have not been identified in exercise-induced asthma. In total, including time for questions and recovery, the time for Visit 1 will be approximately 3 hours.

At Visit 2, which will occur 24 hours to 7 days after Visit 1 in order to minimize risk of asthma exacerbation, the participants will again have baseline spirometry. Baseline exhaled nitric oxide will be performed. Eucapnic Voluntary hyperventilation testing will then be performed. They then will have a second exhaled nitric oxide quantification, will undergo sputum induction and then have peripheral blood drawn for microRNA analysis, all occurring after EVH testing. In total, including time for questions and recovery, the time for Visit 2 will be approximately 2 hours.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective


Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm


The Ohio State University
United States




Ohio State University

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