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Boonpiyathad, T.* ; Capova, G.* ; Duchna, H.W.* ; Croxford, A.L.* ; Farine, H.* ; Dreher, A.* ; Clozel, M.* ; Schreiber, J.* ; Kubena, P.* ; Lunjani, N.* ; Mirer, D.* ; Rückert, B.* ; Satitsuksanoa, P.* ; Tan, G.* ; Groenen, P.M.A.* ; Akdis, M.* ; Strasser, D.S.* ; Renner, E.D. ; Akdis, C.A.*

Impact of high-altitude therapy on type-2 immune responses in asthma patients.

Allergy 75, 84-94 (2019)
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Background Asthma patients present with distinct immunological profiles, with a predominance of type 2 endotype. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of high-altitude treatment on the clinical and immunological response in asthma. Methods Twenty-six hospitalized asthma patients (nine eosinophilic allergic; EA, nine noneosinophilic allergic; NEA and eight noneosinophilic nonallergic; NN) and nine healthy controls in high altitude for 21 days were enrolled in the study. We assessed eosinophils, T cells, Tregs, and innate lymphoid cells (ILC) from peripheral blood using flow cytometry. Results The number of eosinophils (both resting and activated) and chemoattractant receptor homolog expressed on Th2 cells (CRTH2)-expressing CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells decreased significantly in EA patients after altitude treatment. The frequency of CRTH2(+) Tregs as decreased significantly in all the asthma phenotypes as well as the frequency of ILC2 was significantly reduced in EA after altitude treatment. After 21 days of altitude therapy, CRTH2-expressing ILC2, CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells and Treg cells showed attenuated responses to exogenous PGD2. Furthermore, PGD2 signaling via CRTH2 was found to diminish the suppressive function of CRTH2(+) Tregs which partially normalized during high-altitude treatment. Improved asthma control was particularly evident in allergic asthma patients and correlated with decreased frequencies of CRTH2(+) Treg cells in EA patients. Serum IL-5 and IL-13 decreased during climate treatment in asthma patients with high baseline levels. Conclusions Asthma treatment in high altitude reduced the type 2 immune response, corrected the increased CRTH2 expression and its dysregulated functions.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Asthma Phenotype ; Chemoattractant Receptor Homolog Expressed On Th2 Cells ; Eosinophils ; High Altitude ; T Cells; Innate Lymphoid-cells; Prostaglandin D-2; Airway Inflammation; Blood Eosinophils; Crth2 Antagonist; T-cells; Allergen; Activation; Expression; Population
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0105-4538
e-ISSN 1398-9995
Journal Allergy
Quellenangaben Volume: 75, Issue: 1, Pages: 84-94 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher Wiley
Publishing Place 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, Nj Usa
Reviewing status Peer reviewed
Institute(s) Institute of Environmental Medicine (IEM)