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|Title:||Smooth muscle hypercontractility in airway hyperresponsiveness: innate, acquired, or nonexistent?|
Grunstein, M. M.
|Publisher:||Hindawi Publishing Corporation|
|Citation:||Journal of Allergy, vol. 2013, Article ID 938046, 4 pages, 2013|
|Abstract:||From introduction: Asthma symptoms are triggered or exacerbated by a range of environmental factors, such as allergens, viruses, fungi, exercise, aspirin, pollutants, and occupational irritants and sensitizers. While traditionally considering an intrinsic disease, in more recent years asthma has been viewed by many as a genetically associated environmental lung disorder with a heterogeneous pathogenesis. With the exception of the severe cases, the diagnostic signature of asthma is the reversibility of airway obstruction by agents that relax airway smooth muscle (ASM), which attests to the importance of this tissue in the pathobiology of the airflow obstruction.|
|Rights:||Copyright © 2013 Ynuk Bosse et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation|
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