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Title: Smooth muscle hypercontractility in airway hyperresponsiveness: innate, acquired, or nonexistent?
Authors: Bossé, Y.
Rousseau, E.
Amrani, Yassine
Grunstein, M. M.
First Published: 2013
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.
DOI Link: 10.1155/2013/938046
ISSN: 1687-9783
eISSN: 1687-9791
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013 Ynuk Bosse et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0) (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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