December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supp, Vol. 56, piii14
Academic Journal
This article presents various studies which explore effects of viruses on lungs. Rhinoviruses (RV) are important respiratory pathogens causing the majority of common colds, and are associated with exacerbations of asthma and COPD. Low dose Rhinovirus infection produces increase in cytokine production in both atopic and nonatopic human nasal epithelial cells. According to another study, anti-viral agents tested for their effect upon infection/replication of RSV, heparin and dexamethasone inhibited virus replication, whereas Ingenol and Protamine increased the number of plaques.


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