Abnormal mucociliary transport in allergic patients with antigen-induced bronchospasm: Role of slow reacting substance of anaphylaxis

T. Ahmed, D. W. Greenblatt, S. Birch, B. Marchette, A. Wanner

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We evaluated the possible role of slow reacting substance of anaphylaxis (SRS-A) in mediating mucociliary dysfunction in allergic asthma. In 6 asymptomatic nonsmokers with ragweed asthma, we measured specific airway conductance (SGaw) and tracheal mucous velocity (TMV) before and after bronchial challenge with ragweed extract, with or without pretreatment with 0.5% and 1% FPL-55712 (SRS-A antagonist). Mean baseline TMV was 8.9 mm/min (SD, 1.1). Placebo and FPL-55712 per se had no effect on TMV. With placebo pretreatment, the doses of ragweed extract that resulted in a decrease in SGaw by more than 35% from baseline, led to an immediate decrease in TMV to 74% of baseline (p<0.05), returning to baseline within 2 h. With 0.5% and 1% FPL-55712 pretreatment, doses of ragweed extract that resulted in a similar decrease in SGaw led to an increase in TMV to 130% and 126% of baseline (p<0.05), respectively, immediately after antigen challenge and returned to baseline 2 h postchallenge. Inhalation of 1% FPL-55712 immediately after antigen challenge prevented the decrease in TMV. These results indicated that (a) SRS-A liberated during airway anaphylaxis impairs mucous transport, and (b) the antigen-induced increase in TMV after pretreatment with an SRS-A antagonist may reflect a stimulatory effect of other chemical mediators of anaphylaxis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-114
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Review of Respiratory Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 26 1981


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  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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