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See detailDescription of original endoscopic findings and respiratory functional assessment using barometric whole-body plethysmography in dogs suffering from brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome.
Bernaerts, Frederique ULg; Talavera, Jesus; Leemans, Jérôme ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2010), 183(1), 95-102

The clinical features of brachycephalic airway obstructive disease in 11 brachycephalic dogs are described in this study. The respiratory strategy was assessed before (n=11) and after (n=6) surgery using ... [more ▼]

The clinical features of brachycephalic airway obstructive disease in 11 brachycephalic dogs are described in this study. The respiratory strategy was assessed before (n=11) and after (n=6) surgery using barometric whole-body plethysmography (BWBP), with the relationship between BWBP variables and the severity of the clinical signs assessed by the use of a respiratory score based on clinical, radiographic and endoscopic findings. Partial collapse of the left main bronchus was a common finding not previously described as part of the brachycephalic airway obstructive disease syndrome. Epiglottic cysts, laryngeal granulomas and nasopharyngeal turbinates in English Bulldogs were other previously unreported findings. No significant correlation between the respiratory score and any of the BWBP variables was detected. Compared to healthy dogs, brachycephalic dogs had a significantly lower Te/Ti ratio (expiratory time over inspiratory time), peak inspiratory flow (PIF) per kg bodyweight (BW), significantly higher peak expiratory flow (PEF) per kgBW, PEF/PIF, and enhanced pause. These variations are compatible with upper airway obstructions primarily in the extrathoracic airways. Following surgery, a significant decrease in PEF/PIF was detected. The study showed that BWBP could be used to characterise the respiratory strategy in brachycephalic dogs before and after surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailProphylactic effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and luteolin on airway hyperresponsiveness and inflammation in cats with experimentally-induced asthma.
Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Cambier, Carole ULg; Chandler, T. et al

in Veterinary Journal (2010)

The aim of this study was to assess the preventive effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega3 PUFA) and luteolin supplementation on allergen-induced inflammation in eight Ascaris suum (AS ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to assess the preventive effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega3 PUFA) and luteolin supplementation on allergen-induced inflammation in eight Ascaris suum (AS)-sensitised cats. Airway responsiveness (AR) tests were performed and venous blood and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) collected before and following a single (AS-stimulated) allergen exposure, as well as at the end of a 4-week treatment period, which was followed by a second AS-challenge. The omega6/omega3 fatty acid ratio in erythrocyte membranes, BALF cytology, AR to carbachol, and BALF lipoxin A(4) (LXA(4)), an endogenous inhibitor of inflammation, were assessed at each time point. Compared to respective unstimulated values, AS-challenged cats exhibited a significant rise in BALF eosinophil percentage and there was a trend to increased BALF total cell counts, increased AR and reduced BALF LXA(4) concentrations. The significant decrease in the blood omega6/omega3 ratio seen after supplementation demonstrated that omega3 PUFA were efficiently absorbed. No changes in BALF cytology were found between untreated and treated AS-stimulated cats, but BALF LXA(4) levels were significantly elevated and AR significantly decreased following supplement intake. The study suggests that omega3-luteolin supplementation may have some beneficial effects on AR through a LXA(4)-dependent pathway in cats with experimentally-induced asthma. [less ▲]

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See detailA pilot study comparing the antispasmodic effects of inhaled salmeterol, salbutamol and ipratropium bromide using different aerosoldevices on muscarinic bronchoconstriction in healthy cats
Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Kirschvink, Nathalie; Bernaerts, Frederique ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2009), 180

This study compared the duration and magnitude of the antispasmodic effects of salmeterol SLM), salbutamol (SAL), ipratropium bromide (IB) and the combination of SAL and IB (SAL/IB) against carbachol ... [more ▼]

This study compared the duration and magnitude of the antispasmodic effects of salmeterol SLM), salbutamol (SAL), ipratropium bromide (IB) and the combination of SAL and IB (SAL/IB) against carbachol-induced bronchoconstriction in healthy cats, and investigated the gain in efficacy using a two or fourfold increase in drug dosages. The drug regimens used were: (1) LM 25 lg, SAL 100 lg, IB 20 lg and SAL/IB 100 lg/20 lg for bronchodilators delivered by a metered-dose inhaler (MDI); (2) SAL 3.75 mg and IB 62.5 lg for nebulised (NEB) medications. To monitor the bronchodilator effect, airway responsiveness was assessed at different time points using barometric whole-body plethysmography and calculation of the concentration of inhaled carbachol inducing a 300% increase of baseline Penh (enhanced pause), an estimator of airflow limitation Maximum C-Penh300 was recorded 15 min after NEB SAL, IB MDI, NEB IB and 1 h after SAL MDI and 4 h after SLM MDI, respectively. C-Penh300 was significantly different from control values (without treatment) up to 24 h for SLM MDI, 8 h for IB MDI and 4 h for other drugs. In terms of efficacy, SAL/IB MDI showed a synergistic antispasmodic effect at 15 min, 4 h and 8 h after administration. A fourfold increase of the initial dose of IB MDI and NEB IB significantly increased C-Penh300. Despite a fourfold dose increase, SLM displayed the weakest degree of bronchoprotection compared to other bronchodilators. The study provides evidence that inhaled bronchodilators are efficient at preventing muscarinic-induced bronchospasm in healthy cats and that SAL and IB appear to be short-acting bronchodilators in contrast to SLM. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of the acute and reversible airway inflammation induced by cadmium chloride inhalation in healthy dogs and evaluation of the effects of salbutamol and prednisolone.
Bolognin, M.; Kirschvink, N.; Leemans, Jérôme ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2009), 179(3), 443-450

The aims of this study were firstly to characterise a model of subclinical and reversible bronchial inflammation induced by cadmium chloride inhalation in healthy dogs and then to examine the effect of ... [more ▼]

The aims of this study were firstly to characterise a model of subclinical and reversible bronchial inflammation induced by cadmium chloride inhalation in healthy dogs and then to examine the effect of prednisolone or salbutamol treatment on the resulting bronchitis. The model characterisation and the effects of treatment were studied using clinical symptoms, haematology, thoracic radiography, bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage, barometric whole-body plethysmography and histamine broncho-provocation tests. In addition, the activity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-2 and -9 were determined in serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF). Cadmium inhalation induced: (1) a transient bronchial inflammation, dominated by neutrophils; (2) a neutrophilia of the blood that persisted for up to 4weeks; (3) a transient increased bronchial reactivity, and (4) a significant increase in MMP-9 activity in the BALF. Prednisolone treatment reduced the influx of inflammatory cells into the BALF, but not significantly, had no effect on pulmonary function, and did not reduce of airway hypersensitivity. Salbutamol had almost no effect on any of the parameters investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical and functional responses to inhaled salmeterol in experimentally asthmatic cats with allergen-induced bronchospasm
Bernaerts, Frederique ULg; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Kirschvink, N. et al

in Proceedings : 18th Congress European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – companion animals (2008)

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See detailEffect of fish oil supplementation in a model of a feline asthma
Kirschvink, N.; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Delvaux, F. et al

in Acta Physiologica (2008), 192(662 Suppl), 10

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See detailClinical and functional responses to inhaled albuterol, ipratropium bromide and combination of both in ascaris suum-sensitized cats with allergen-induced bronchospasm
Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Kirschvink, N.; Cambier, Carole ULg et al

in Proceedings: 26th Annual Symposium of the Veterinary and Comparative Respiratory Society (2008)

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See detailOral and inhaled corticosteroïds decreased eosinophilic airway inflammation and bronchial reactivity in ascaris suum-sensitized and challenged cats
Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Kirschvink, N.; Cambier, Carole ULg et al

in Proceedings: 26th Annual Symposium of the Veterinary and Comparative Respiratory Society (2008)

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See detailDietary supplementation with an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and luteolin combination in cats
Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Cambier, Carole ULg; Chandler, T. et al

in Proceedings: 26th Annual Symposium of the Veterinary and Comparative Respiratory Society (2008)

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See detailNon-invasive assessment of airway responsiveness in healthy and allergen-sensitised cats by use of barometric whole body plethysmography
Kirschvink, N.; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Delvaux, François et al

in Veterinary Journal (2007), 173(2), 343-352

This study aimed at determining whether airway responsiveness (AR) tests performed by use of barometric whole body plethysmography (BWBP) were repeatable in cats and to what extent AR was affected by the ... [more ▼]

This study aimed at determining whether airway responsiveness (AR) tests performed by use of barometric whole body plethysmography (BWBP) were repeatable in cats and to what extent AR was affected by the nebulization protocol used, the age of the animals, the inflammatory status of the airways and prior bronchodilator treatment. Repeatability of AR was tested on two occasions in 30 healthy cats. The concentration of carbachol inducing a 300% increase of the enhanced pause (Penh) - an estimator of airflow limitation - was calculated (C-Penh300) and did not differ significantly between the two tests (0.035 +/- 0.017% compared to 0.034 +/- 0.016%) and was significantly and positively correlated. The comparison between rapidly and slowly increasing carbachol concentrations was performed in ten healthy cats and showed a significantly lower C-Penh300 (%) when slowly increasing concentrations were used (0.037 +/- 0.013% compared to 0.039 +/- 10.015%, P < 0.05). A significant age-related increase of C-Penh300 was evidenced by performing AR tests in 15 healthy cats at 12, 18, 24 and 30 months (12 months: 0.026 +/- 0.008%, 18 months: 0.031 +/- 0.009%, 24 months: 0.038 +/- 0.01%, 30 months: 0.043 +/- 0.014%, P < 0.05). C-Penh300 significantly decreased in 12 Ascaris suum-sensitised cats after allergen exposure (0.026 +/- 0.016% compared to 0.033 +/- 0.016%, P < 0.05) and was negatively correlated with the granulocyte percentage of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (r = -0.36, P < 0.01). Compared with a placebo inhalation, pretreatment with inhaled salbutamol significantly increased C-Penh300 in four healthy cats (0.093 +/- 0.021% compared to 0.036 +/- 0.004%, P < 0.05). This study provides evidence that AR determination by use of BWBP is promising as non-invasive indicator of lower airway inflammation or for monitoring response to bronchodilator treatment. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of age and allergen-induced airway inflammation in cats: Radiographic and cytologic correlation
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Kersnak, Emilie; Leemans, Jérôme ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2007), 174(3), 644-651

Thoracic radiography is an important diagnostic tool for feline respiratory medicine. The aim of this study was (1) to assess agerelated changes of thoracic radiographic views in healthy young cats and (2 ... [more ▼]

Thoracic radiography is an important diagnostic tool for feline respiratory medicine. The aim of this study was (1) to assess agerelated changes of thoracic radiographic views in healthy young cats and (2) to test if experimentally-induced bronchial inflammation by inhaling Ascaris suum (AS) allergens leads to radiographic changes after single or repeated exposures. Healthy cats (n = 15-30) aged between 6 and 30 months were evaluated. Eight healthy cats and eight AS-sensitised cats, respectively, inhaled sterile saline or allergen. Radiographs were taken 24 h before, and 6, 24 and 48 h after the challenge. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was performed after the last radiographic examination. AS-sensitised cats underwent three further allergen challenges at 3-month intervals. The radiographic evaluation was based on a scoring system considering bronchial, interstitial and alveolar patterns. A significant age-related increase in interstitial and total radiographic score was detected in healthy cats older than 18 months and in healthy cats older than 24 months. Whilst saline inhalation did not affect radiographic scores, a single AS challenge induced significant changes of all scores within 6-24 h. A significant positive correlation between radiographic scores and BAL neutrophils and eosinophils was found. Repeated AS challenges did not induce irreversible changes in radiographic scores. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional, inflammatory and morphological characterisation of a cat model of allergic airway inflammation
Kirschvink, N.; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Delvaux, François et al

in Veterinary Journal (2007), 174(3), 541-553

The aims of this study were to characterise a model of feline allergic airway inflammation and to test through a longitudinal investigation whether five repeated allergen exposures would lead to signs of ... [more ▼]

The aims of this study were to characterise a model of feline allergic airway inflammation and to test through a longitudinal investigation whether five repeated allergen exposures would lead to signs of airway remodelling that would be detectable in vivo. Eight healthy control cats and eight cats sensitised with Ascaris suum allergens were investigated. Barometric whole body plethysmography (BWBP) was used for the assessment of respiratory variables and airway responsiveness (AR). Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) was sampled for cytology and determination of F-2-isoprostane concentration and matrix metalloproteinase type 9 (MMP-9) activity. Thoracic radiography and bronchoscopy scores were also established. Cats were investigated prior to sensitisation and after inhalation of placebo or allergen challenge 1. BWBP measurements revealed a significant increase of enhanced pause (Penh), an index of bronchoconstriction, and AR in sensitised cats in response to allergen challenge 1. A significant increase in BALF neutrophil and eosinophil %, F-2-isoprostane concentration and MMP-9 activity, and increased radiography and bronchoscopy scores were recorded. After a recovery period of 6 weeks, all variables except BALF MMP-9 returned to baseline values. Four further allergen challenges induced similar changes to those seen in challenge I and no signs of persistent changes suggestive of bronchial remodelling were detectable. The model provides an in vivo approach to functional, inflammatory and morphological changes occurring in response to single and repeated allergen exposure. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of age and Ascaris suum aerosol exposure on the pro- and antigelatinolytic activity in serum and airways of cats
Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Kirschvink, N.; Billen, Frédéric et al

in Proceedings : 17th Congress of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals, Budapest (2007)

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See detailPro- and antigelatinolytic activities in the serum and airways of cats with experimentally-induced asthma
Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Kirschvink; Clercx, Cécile ULg et al

in Proceedings : 25th Symposium of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society (2007)

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See detailInhaled fluticasone reduces bronchial responsiveness and airway inflammation in cats with mild chronic bronchitis
Kirschvink, N; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Delvaux, François et al

in Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (2006), 8(1), 45-54

This study investigated the effect of inhaled fluticasone on lower airway inflammation and bronchial responsiveness (BR) to inhaled carbachol in cats with very mild, chronic bronchitis (n = 5) that were ... [more ▼]

This study investigated the effect of inhaled fluticasone on lower airway inflammation and bronchial responsiveness (BR) to inhaled carbachol in cats with very mild, chronic bronchitis (n = 5) that were compared with healthy cats serving as controls (n = 6). Chest radiographs, BR tests performed non-invasively by barometric whole body plethysmography (BWBP) and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) were performed before and after treatment. BR was quantified by calculating the concentration of carbachol inducing bronchoconstriction (C-Penh300%), defined as a 300% increase of baseline Penh, an index of bronchoconstriction obtained by BWBP. BAL fluid was analyzed cytologically and the oxidant marker 8-iso-PGF2α was determined. At test 1, healthy cats and cats with bronchitis were untreated, whereas for test 2 inhalant fluticasone (250 μg once daily) was administrated for 2 consecutive weeks to cats with bronchitis. Control cats remained untreated. Inhaled fluticasone induced a significant increase in C-Penh300% and a significant decrease of BAL fluid total cells, macrophages, neutrophils and 8-iso-PGF2α in cats with bronchitis, whilst untreated control cats did not show significant changes over time. This study shows that a 2-week fluticasone treatment significantly reduced lower airway inflammation in very mild bronchitis. BR could be successfully monitored in cats using BWPB and decreased significantly in response to inhaled fluticasone. 8-Iso-PGF2α in BAL fluid was responsive to treatment and appeared as a sensitive biomarker of lower airway inflammation in cats. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-invasive assessment of growth, gender and time of day related changes of respiratory pattern in healthy cats by use of barometric whole body plethysmography.
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Delvaux, François ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2006), 172(3), 446-454

The objective of this study was to establish a reference base for respiratory variables (respiratory rate [R(R)], inspiratory and expiratory time [T(i) and T(e)], peak inspiratory and expiratory ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to establish a reference base for respiratory variables (respiratory rate [R(R)], inspiratory and expiratory time [T(i) and T(e)], peak inspiratory and expiratory pseudoflow [PIF and PEF], tidal volume [V(T)], minute ventilation [V(E)] and enhanced pause [Penh]) of healthy cats by use of barometric whole body plethysmography (BWBP). Eighteen healthy European cats (10 male, 8 female) were studied from the age of 3 to 13 months in order to assess growth- and gender-related changes of BWBP variables. Chest radiographs and bronchoalveolar lavage cytology were performed to confirm pulmonary health status. Diurnal changes were investigated every 2 h over a period of 24 h when the cats were adult. V(T), V(E), PIF and PEF significantly increased during somatic growth and were higher in males than in females, whereas R(R), T(i), T(e), T(e)/T(i) ratio, PEF/PIF ratio and Penh remained unchanged and were not affected by gender. When measured over 24 h, Penh, T(e) and T(i) were significantly increased in the early morning hours (04:00 h), whereas R(R), PIF and PEF were decreased at that time. This study provides reference values of BWBP variables for healthy male and female cats and indicates when circadian changes might be observed [less ▲]

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See detailOmega 3 fatty acid complementation (fish oil) in an experimental model of feline asthma : effect on bronchial reactivity, airway inflammation and oxidative stress markers
Kirschvinck, N.; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Delvaux, F. et al

in Proceedings: 24th Symposium of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society,”Respiratory infections and zoonoses (2006)

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See detailDiagnostic impact of thoracic radiography in an experimental model of feline asthma
Kirschvinck, N.; Kersnak, E.; Leemans, Jérôme ULg et al

in Proceedings: 24th Symposium of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society,”Respiratory infections and zoonoses" (2006)

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See detailEffect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation (fish oil) on bronchial reactivity, airway inflammation and oxidative stress markers in a feline model of asthma
Kirschvinck, N.; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Delvaux, F. et al

in Proceedings: 16th Congress European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – companion animals (2006)

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