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Ozone and Rhinovirus-Induced Disease in Asthmatics

This study has been completed.
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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Identifier:
First received: March 28, 2001
Last updated: August 8, 2008
Last verified: August 2008
In the U.S., morbidity associated with human rhinovirus (RV) infection represents a major health problem. In asthmatics, up to 80% of asthma exacerbations are associated with upper respiratory infections. Despite evidence that environmental oxidant pollutants, such as ozone, may increase the severity of viral disease, the mechanisms underlying such an effect have not been identified. This study will test the hypothesis that exposure of allergic asthmatic subjects to ambient levels of ozone directly enhances viral disease by increasing infectivity and intensifying virus-induced inflammation.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective

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Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: September 1999
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2003
Detailed Description:
In mild asthmatics, the study will investigate: (1) if exposure to ozone will enhance the viral infective process in the nasal epithelium, (2) the effect of ozone exposure on RV-induced inflammatory gene expression, mediator release and inflammatory cell influx into the upper and lower airways, and (3) the interactive effects of ozone and RV on airway reactivity. This information will improve our understanding of the risk associated with oxidant pollutant exposure in this population of individuals in whom RV infection may represent a significant health concern.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Subjects recruited will be non-asthmatic controls or mild allergic asthmatics using beta-agonists, mostly on an "as needed" basis. Selection criteria will include good general health by medical history and physical examination, no history of smoking, and the absence of respiratory infection in the preceding 6 week period. Subjects will undergo serologic testing and must have a negative test for neutralizing antibodies to RV16 to participate in all but one study of the project.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00013715

United States, Maryland
The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00013715     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9004-CP-001
Study First Received: March 28, 2001
Last Updated: August 8, 2008

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