This article has Open Peer Review reports available.
Neutrophilic airways inflammation in lung cancer: the role of exhaled LTB-4 and IL-8
© Carpagnano et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
Received: 7 December 2010
Accepted: 7 June 2011
Published: 7 June 2011
Recent advances in lung cancer biology presuppose its inflammatory origin. In this regard, LTB-4 and IL-8 are recognized to play a crucial role in neutrophil recruitment into airways during lung cancer.
Notwithstanding the intriguing hypothesis, the exact role of neutrophilic inflammation in tumour biology remains complex and not completely known.
The aim of this study was to give our contribution in this field by investigating LTB-4 and IL-8 in the breath condensate of NSCLC patients and verifying their role in cancer development and progression.
We enrolled 50 NSCLC patients and 35 controls. LTB-4 and IL-8 concentrations were measured in the breath condensate and the blood of all the subjects under study using EIA kits. Thirty NSCLC patients and ten controls underwent induced sputum collection and analysis.
LTB-4 and IL-8 resulted higher in breath condensate and the blood of NSCLC patients compared to controls. Significantly higher concentrations were found as the cancer stages progressed. A positive correlation was observed between exhaled IL-8 and LTB-4 and the percentage of neutrophils in the induced sputum.
The high concentrations of exhaled LTB-4 and IL-8 showed the presence of a neutrophilic inflammation in the airways of NSCLC patients and gave a further support to the inflammatory signalling in lung cancer. These exhaled proteins could represent a suitable non-invasive marker in the diagnosis and monitoring of lung cancer.
Recent advances in cancer biology point to a role of inflammatory signalling in lung cancer and encourage the reconsideration of the diagnostic and prognostic value of inflammatory markers.
Currently there is a large number of clinical data confirming the inflammatory origin of lung cancer: 1) in the lung, chronic inflammatory diseases such as sarcoidosis, fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have been associated with a higher risk of cancer development [1–7]; 2) several studies demonstrated that human lung-cancer risk can be modified by polymorphisms in pro-inflammatory genes such as interleukin (IL)-1 beta and the tumor necrosis factor (TNF)α [8, 9]; 3) other studies showed that long-term users of anti-inflammatory drugs may be at a reduced risk of cancer development .
The inflammatory processes in the lung are characterized by the influx of neutrophils into the airways [11, 12]. The migration and activation of leucocytes within the airways may be the consequence of soluble proteins released by resident cells that are activated by various stimuli. Leukotriene (LTB)-4 and IL-8 are recognized to play a crucial role in neutrophil recruitment into airways during lung cancer [13, 14].
LTB-4 is a lipoxygenase product of arachidonic acid metabolism, released primarily by polymorphonuclear and mononuclear phagocytes as well as by epithelial cells [15–18]. LTB-4 is usually used as an indicator of the state of activation of neutrophils . LTB-4 concentrations are high in blood and pleural effusion  but have not as yet been measured in other airway samples of lung cancer patients.
Interleukin-8 (IL-8), one of the ELR+ CXC families of chemokines, is a potent pro-angiogenic factor and furthermore, its expression is associated with angiogenesis, tumour progression and survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) [20–27]. Several studies in blood and airways (broncho-alveolar lavage, pleural effusion, tumour tissue) supported its role as marker of lung cancer [19, 22, 28–31]. Recently higher levels of IL-8 have been described, also in the exhaled breath condensate (EBC) of NSCLC patients .
An increasing interest has been recently generated among non-invasive methods that sample airways by the collection of EBC, often more used for the biological study of lung diseases, such as cancer . The complete non-invasiveness of this method makes the latter more readily accepted by patients, such as those affected by cancer, who are likely to already be exhausted, not only by their condition, but also by the huge number of exams they have had to undergo. Although the study of tumour markers in exhaled breath condensate did not reach the clinical settings, except in asthma and COPD, a good number of studies are readily available in literature and propose the use of this sample for the non-invasive diagnosis and monitoring of lung cancer [28, 32, 34–36].
The aim of the present study was to give further support to the neutrophilic inflammatory signalling in lung cancer analysing the LTB-4 and the IL-8 in the EBC of NSCLC patients and controls.
Characteristics of the Patients
Demographic and clinical data of subjects enrolled
65 ± 7
64 ± 1
98.7 ± 3.4
101 ± 3.3
100 ± 3.2
102.1 ± 2.7
squamous cell carcinoma
All the patients were enrolled in the study immediately before histological diagnosis. Furthermore, none of them had received any form of anti-cancer therapy, invasive diagnostic procedure or primary lung surgery. Following cytohistological diagnosis, patients with cancer underwent standard staging procedures consisting of a physical examination, serum chemistry analysis, brain, chest and abdomen CT scans, radionuclide bone scan, and bronchoscopy. The diagnosis of NSCLC was done either by bronchoscopic biopsy or by transthoracic needle aspiration. Squamous cell carcinoma was diagnosed in twenty-two subjects, whereas the remaining subjects received a cytohistological diagnosis of adenocarcinoma. Overall, NSCLC patients were classified as stage I in 13 cases, stage II in 12 cases, stage III in 8 cases and stage IV in 17 cases.
All of the patients enrolled underwent exhaled breath condensate (EBC) and whole-blood (WB) collection at enrolment. The day after the subjects underwent induced sputum collection and analysis.
We acquired information on their smoking habits and classified the smokers (according to the number of pack-years smoked) into two groups: mild (group 1 [patients]: <40 pack-years) and heavy smokers (group 2 [patients]: >40 pack-years). Twenty-five of the lung cancer patients were current smokers (54 ± 8 pack/year); fifteen were ex-smokers (44 ± 6 pack/year) and had quit at least three years before, whereas ten were non-smokers. Ten healthy subjects were smokers while the remaining ones were non-smokers.
EBC and WB collection and processing
1 mL of EBC and 3 mL of WB in one setting from each patient.
The EBC was collected by using a condenser, which allowed for the non-invasive collection of non-gaseous components of the expiratory air (EcoScreen Jaeger, Wurzburg, Germany). The condensate was collected in ice at -20°C, transferred to 1,5 ml polypropylene tubes, and immediately stored at -70°C for subsequent analysis. In addition, whole blood was processed within 2 hrs of sample collection, transferred into polypropylene tubes, and stored at -20°C until further use.
Sputum induction and analysis
According to the method described by Spanevello et al., the sputum was induced through inhalation of hypertonic saline solution (4.5%) with an ultrasonic nebulizer (DeVilbiss 65; DeVilbiss Corporation, Somerset, PA) and analysed after plug selection .
Measurement ofLTB-4 and IL-8
A specific enzyme immunoassay (Cayman Chemical, Ann Arbor, MI and Thermoscientific, Rockford, IL, USA) was used to measure LTB-4 and IL-8 in breath condensate and whole blood. The intra-assay and inter-assay variability were less than 10%. The specificity was 100%, and the detection limits of the assay were 3 pg/ml and 2 pg/ml. We tested the reproducibility of the repeated measurements of LTB-4 and IL-8 by means of the Bland and Altman test and with the variation coefficient .
The data were not normally distributed and therefore non-parametric tests were chosen for analysis. The data were expressed as a median (25% percentile-75% percentile). A Mann-Whitney test was used to compare the groups, and the correlations between variables were performed using the Spearman's rank correlation test. Significance was defined as a p value of < 0.05.
Statistical analysis was carried out using a SATA 10 MP for MAC OS × software package. The data were analyzed by the Department of Medical Sciences, Section of Hygiene, University of Foggia and Apulia Regional Epidemiological Observatory, Italy.
No difference in exhaled LTB-4 levels was reported among the histological types of NSCLC.
No correlation was observed between LTB-4 concentrations in EBC and other clinical and demographic data.
IL-8 levels were significantly higher in EBC of NSCLC patients than in EBC of control subjects [28.1 (10.3-44.2) vs 10.7 (4.1-23.4) pg/ml, p < 0.001] (Figure 1, panel B). Significantly higher concentrations of IL-8 were observed in whole blood of NSCLC patients than in controls [38.7 (27.1-50.2) vs 16.4 (10.2-22.6) pg/ml, p < 0.001]. Progressively higher concentrations of IL-8 in EBC were found from stage I to stage IV [15.5 (10.3-20.1), 21.9 (12.3-30.1), 31.3 (26.1-37.1) and 40.5 (36.1-44.2) pg/ml] (Figure 2, panel B). Significant differences between each stage and the next one were observed (p < 0.005).
No difference in exhaled IL-8 levels was reported between the histological types of NSCLC.
Higher levels of exhaled IL-8 were found in smokers than in non-smokers both in NSCLC patients and in controls [38.3(30.6-44.2) vs 19.4 (10.3-30.1) pg/ml, p < 0.001 and 13.2 (13.5-23.4) vs 7.3 (4.1-13.4) pg/ml, p < 0.005] (Figure 3, panel B). Increased levels of exhaled IL-8 were observed in group 2 with respect to group 1 in NSCLC patients [40.3 (37.8-44.2) vs 32.3 (27.1-40.2) pg/ml, p < 0.001]. A positive correlation was observed between IL-8 concentrations in EBC and neutrophils in the induced sputum (r = 0.7, p < 0.001).
No correlation was observed between IL-8 concentrations in EBC and other clinical or demographic data.
Cytology in the induced sputum
Twenty NSCLC patients and twenty-five healthy subjects were not able to produce adequate sputum samples (defined as containing at least 500 non-squamous cells) and their expectorates were discharged.
The percentage of neutrophils was higher in the NSCLC patients than in the controls [32.3 (27.5-36.2) vs 10.4 (8.3-13.7); p < 0.01]. The percentage of macrophages was lower in the NSCLC patients than in the controls [63.4 (55.1-71.6) vs 85.8 (78.4-87.9); p < 0.01], whereas no significant differences were observed in the percentage of eosinophils [1.2 (0.9-2.0) vs 1.2 0.8-2.0)], lymphocytes [1.0 (0.3-2.0) vs 1.0 (0.8-1.9)] and epithelial cells [OO: 0.9 (0.6-1.7) vs 0.9 (0.6-1.9)].
The concentrations of LTB-4 and IL-8 explored by the present study were found to be higher in the exhaled breath condensate and whole blood of NSCLC patients compared to controls, particularly in smokers and ex-smokers rather than in non-smokers. An overproduction of LTB-4 and IL-8 in the EBC of subjects with more advanced stages of lung cancer and a relation to cancer progression were further described. Finally, we reported a positive correlation between exhaled LTB-4 and IL-8 and the percentage of neutrophils in the sputum.
One recent intriguing theory on lung cancer pathogenesis supposed that chronic inflammation can promote an environment that is conducive to carcinogenesis. Neutrophils seem to be the main orchestrators, fighting against cancers by eradicating dysplastic and neoplastic cells. Moreover, these inflammatory cells can be manipulated to induce an immune escape of cancer cells, especially in a tumour-promoting micro-environment, which is created by a chronic inflammation seen in lungs . Furthermore, repeated lung injury and repair triggered by chronic inflammation enhance cell turnover and potential genetic error, as well as epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and ultimately lead to lung tumorigenesis . Regrettably, notwithstanding the recent increasing interest in the neutrophilic inflammatory origin of lung cancer, the role of inflammation and immunity in tumour biology remains complex and not completely known.
In order to give a contribution to this curious inflammatory origin of lung tumour, we studied two known neutrophilic inflammatory proteins, namely LTB-4 and IL-8, in the airways and blood of patients affected by lung cancer.
In accordance with previous results, we confirmed the increase of LTB-4 and IL-8 in the systemic compartment and in the airways, reporting higher concentrations in the whole-blood and breath condensate of NSCLC patients compared to controls.
Both the LTB-4 and the IL-8 have been previously measured as neutrophilic markers in the breath condensate of patients affected by lung inflammatory diseases [40–43]. In the light of the trendiness of studies of tumour markers in the exhaled breath condensate, for the complete non-invasiveness of this collection method, which is known to be well accepted by patients and ethic committees, IL-8 was also recently measured in the breath condensate of NSCLC patients. In this regard, however, contrasting data are available: in one study the exhaled IL-8 did not result as indicative of lung cancer , while in another its levels decreased after two cycles of chemotherapy . In accordance with the Jungraithmayr study, we observed that exhaled IL-8 reflects cancer biology as its concentrations increased in lung cancer patients compared to controls, particularly when progressing to the next stage of cancer. We reported the same behaviour also for LTB-4, which we measured in this case for the first time in the breath condensate of lung cancer patients.
Our findings on the role of LTB-4 and IL-8 in the progression of lung tumours were not surprising in consideration of the fact that previous studies indicated that these proteins possess angiogenic and direct mitogenic effects. Higher concentrations of both markers were in fact largely described in loco regional relapse as well as the metastasis of lung cancer [20, 23–26, 44].
Notwithstanding the numerous studies, none reported differences in the LTB-4 and IL-8 levels in adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Moreover, in this study we did not observe any correlation with any hystopathological type as similar concentrations of exhaled LTB-4 and IL-8 were found in both hystotypes.
Another interesting result of this study was the higher concentration of IL-8 and LTB-4 that we described in smokers rather than in non-smokers. This is perfectly in line with what was suggested by Pickett , who showed changes in cytokine production in primary-normal human bronchial epithelial cells following treatment for 18 hrs with cigarette smoke condensates. The increase of these proteins in smokers suggests that the increased inflammatory cells in airways, largely described in smokers, are another possible source of these proteins. In detail, the polymorphonuclear cells seem to be involved in the production and release of LTB-4 and IL-8 [15–18] as was also proved by the positive correlation that we reported between these exhaled proteins and the percentage of neutrophils in the sputum. However, as previously suggested by Petrin and Fudala, this correlation may also be the result of the chemoactractant or pro-survival properties of these mediators [46, 47]. In this regard, the study of Pace et al demonstrated  that LTB4 is an indicator of the state of activation of neutrophils  as well as stimulating peripheral blood neutrophils to synthesize and secrete biologically active IL-8 .
Although healthy smokers showed higher levels of exhaled IL8 and LTB4 compared to non-smokers, the concentrations of both markers were significantly higher in NSCLC patients (smokers and non-smokers), allowing us to suggest that their increase is not only due to cigarette smoke but is also the effect of lung cancer.
In this study we support and encourage the use of the breath condensate in lung cancer studies in the light of the non-invasiveness of this method that, especially in lung cancer patients, where possible, is auspicable in view of the emotional and practical stress that patients underwent.
In this study we support the key role of neutrophilic airways inflammation in lung carcinogenesis and highlight the potentiality of LTB-4 and IL-8 as markers of lung cancer development and progression [30, 31, 39].
This said, although further studies are needed to confirm our data, we believe that the measurement of LTB-4 and IL-8 in breath condensate could soon be proposed in the diagnosis and monitoring of NSCLC. This can be justified when one bears in mind the non-invasiveness of this method, not to mention the fact that it lends itself particularly well to the early screening and follow-up of lung cancer.
Conflict of interest
All the authors disclose any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations. They did not receive any source of funding or writing assistance.
We are grateful to Dr Francesco Carpagnano for his dedicated help in writing and revising the manuscript.
- Schottenfeld D, Beebe-Dimmer J: Chronic inflammation: a common and important factor in the pathogenesis of neoplasia. CA Cancer J Clin. 2006, 56 (2): 69-83. 10.3322/canjclin.56.2.69.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Virchow R: Cellular Pathology 1860. Edited by: Translated by F. Chance. Dewitt R.M. New York, 554-7Google Scholar
- Collins RH, Feldman M, Fordtran JS: Colon cancer, dysplasia and surveillance in patients with ulcerative colitis: a critical review. N Engl J Med. 1987, 316: 1654-1658. 10.1056/NEJM198706253162609.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Cruickshank AH: McConnel EM and Miller DG: Malignancy in scars, chronic ulcers and sinuses. J Clin Pathol. 1963, 16: 573-580. 10.1136/jcp.16.6.573.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Kantor AF, Hartge P, Hoover RN, Narayana AS, Sullivan JW, Fraumenti JF: Urinary tract infection and risk of bladder cancer. Am J Epidemiol. 1984, 119: 510-515.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Skillrud DM, Offord KP, Miller RD: Higher risk of lung cancer in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A prospective, matched, controlled study. Ann Intern Med. 1986, 105: 503-507.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Askling J, Grunewald J, Eklund A, Hillerdal G, Ekbom A: Increased risk for cancer following sarcoidosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1999, 160 (5 Pt 1): 1668-72.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Zienolddiny S, Ryberg D, Maggini V, Skaug V, Canzian F, Haugen A: Polymorphisms of the interleukin-1 beta gene are associated with increased risk of non-small cell lung cancer. Int J Cancer. 2004, 109 (3): 353-6. 10.1002/ijc.11695.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Shih CM, Lee YL, Chiou HL, Chen W, Chang GC, Chou MC, Lin LY: Association of TNF-alpha polymorphism susceptibility to and severity of non-small cell lung cancer. Lung Cancer. 2006, 52: 15-20. 10.1016/j.lungcan.2005.11.011.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Baron JA, Sandler RS: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and cancer prevention. Annu Rev Med. 2000, 51: 511-23. 10.1146/annurev.med.51.1.511. ReviewView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Lee G, Walser TC, Dubinett SM: Chronic inflammation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2009, 15 (4): 303-7. 10.1097/MCP.0b013e32832c975a.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Knaapen AM, Güngör N, Schins RP, Borm PJ, Van Schooten FJ: Neutrophils and respiratory tract DNA damage and mutagenesis: a review. Mutagenesis. 2006, 21 (4): 225-36. 10.1093/mutage/gel032.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Broaddus VC, Hébert CA, Vitangcol RV, Hoeffel JM, Bernstein MS, Boylan AM: Interleukin-8 is a major neutrophil chemotactic factor in pleural liquid of patients with empyema. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1992, 146 (4): 825-30.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Nourshargh S: Mechanisms of neutrophil and eosinophil accumulation in vivo. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1993, 148 (6 Pt 2): S60-4.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Ford-Hutchinson AW, Bray MA, Doig MV, Shipley ME, Smith MJ: Leukotriene B, a potent chemokinetic and aggregating substance released from polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Nature. 1980, 286 (5770): 264-5. 10.1038/286264a0.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Borgeat P, Naccache PH: Biosynthesis and biological activity of leukotriene B4. Clin Biochem. 1990, 23 (5): 459-68. 10.1016/0009-9120(90)90272-V. ReviewView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Rankin JA, Sylvester I, Smith S, Yoshimura T, Leonard EJ: Macrophages cultured in vitro release leukotriene B4 and neutrophil attractant/activation protein (interleukin 8) sequentially in response to stimulation with lipopolysaccharide and zymosan. J Clin Invest. 1990, 86 (5): 1556-64. 10.1172/JCI114875.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Aoki Y, Qiu D, Zhao GH, Kao PN: Leukotriene B4 mediates histamine induction of NF-kappaB and IL-8 in human bronchial epithelial cells. Am J Physiol. 1998, 274 (6 Pt 1): L1030-9.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Pace E, Profita M, Melis M, Bonanno A, Paternò A, Mody CH, Spatafora M, Ferraro M, Siena L, Vignola AM, Bonsignore G, Gjomarkaj M: LTB4 is present in exudative pleural effusions and contributes actively to neutrophil recruitment in the inflamed pleural space. Clin Exp Immunol. 2004, 135 (3): 519-27. 10.1111/j.1365-2249.2003.02387.x.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Boldrini L, Gisfredi S, Ursino S, Lucchi M, Mussi A, Basolo F, Pingitore R, Fontanini G: Interleukin-8 in non-small cell lung carcinoma: relation with angiogenic pattern and p53 alterations. Lung Cancer. 2005, 50 (3): 309-17. 10.1016/j.lungcan.2005.07.002.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Ahmed OI, Adel AM, Diab DR, Gobran NS: Prognostic value of serum level of interleukin-6 and interleukin-8 in metastatic breast cancer patients. Egypt J Immunol. 2006, 13 (2): 61-8.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Fukuyama T, Ichiki Y, Yamada S, Shigematsu Y, Baba T, Nagata Y, Mizukami M, Sugaya M, Takenoyama M, Hanagiri T, Sugio K, Yasumoto K: Cytokine production of lung cancer cell lines: Correlation between their production and the inflammatory/immunological responses both in vivo and in vitro. Cancer Sci. 2007, 98 (7): 1048-54. 10.1111/j.1349-7006.2007.00507.x.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- De Vita F, Orditura M, Auriemma A, Infusino S, Catalano G: Serum concentrations of proinflammatory cytokines in advanced non small cell lung cancer patients. J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 1998, 17: 413-7.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Matanic D, Beg-Zec Z, Stojanovic D, Matakoric N, Flego V, Milevoj-Ribic F: Cytokines in patients with lung cancer. Scand J Immunol. 2003, 57: 173-8. 10.1046/j.1365-3083.2003.01205.x.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- McKeown DJ, Brown DJ, Kelly A, Wallace AM, McMillan DC: The relationship between circulating concentrations of C-reactive protein, inflammatory cytokines and cytokine receptors in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer. Br J Cancer. 2004, 91: 1993-5. 10.1038/sj.bjc.6602248.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Kaminska J, Kowalska M, Kotowicz B, Fuksiewicz M, Glogowski M, Wojcik E, Chechlinska M, Steffen J: Pretreatment serum levels of cytokines and cytokine receptors in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, and correlations with clinicopathological features and prognosis. M-CSF - an independent prognostic factor. Oncology. 2006, 70: 115-25. 10.1159/000093002.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Orditura M, De Vita F, Catalano G, Infusino S, Lieto E, Martinelli E, Morgillo F, Castellano P, Pignatelli C, Galizia G: Elevated serum levels of interleukin-8 in advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients: relationship with prognosis. J Interferon Cytokine Res. 2002, 22: 1129-35. 10.1089/10799900260442557.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Jungraithmayr W, Frings C, Zissel G, Prasse A, Passlick B, Stoelben E: Inflammatory markers in exhaled breath condensate following lung resection for bronchial carcinoma. Respirology. 2008, 13 (7): 1022-7.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Seike M, Yanaihara N, Bowman ED, Zanetti KA, Budhu A, Kumamoto K, Mechanic LE, Matsumoto S, Yokota J, Shibata T, Sugimura H, Gemma A, Kudoh S, Wang XW, Harris CC: Use of a cytokine gene expression signature in lung adenocarcinoma and the surrounding tissue as a prognostic classifier. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007, 99: 1257-69. 10.1093/jnci/djm083.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Crohns M, Saarelainen S, Laine S, Poussa T, Alho H, Kellokumpu-Lehtinen P: Cytokines in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and serum of lung cancer patients during radiotherapy - Association of interleukin-8 and VEGF with survival. Cytokine. 2010, 50 (1): 30-6. 10.1016/j.cyto.2009.11.017.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Enewold L, Mechanic LE, Bowman ED, Zheng YL, Yu Z, Trivers G, Alberg AJ, Harris CC: Serum concentrations of cytokines and lung cancer survival in African Americans and Caucasians. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009, 18 (1): 215-22. 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-08-0705.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Gessner C, Rechner B, Hammerschmidt S, Kuhn H, Hoheisel G, Sack U, Ruschpler P, Wirtz H: Angiogenic markers in breath condensate identify non-small cell lung cancer. Lung Cancer. 2010, 68 (2): 177-84. 10.1016/j.lungcan.2009.06.010.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Carpagnano GE, Barnes PJ, Francis J, Wilson N, Bush A, Kharitonov SA: Breath condensate pH in children with cystic fibrosis and asthma: a new noninvasive marker of airway inflammation?. Chest. 2004, 125 (6): 2005-10. 10.1378/chest.125.6.2005.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Barta I, Kullmann T, Csiszer E, Antus B: Analysis of cytokine pattern in exhaled breath condensate of patients with squamous cell lung carcinoma. Int J Biol Markers. 2010, 25 (1): 52-6.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Carpagnano GE, Spanevello A, Carpagnano F, Palladino GP, Prato R, Martinelli D, Digioia G, Foschino-Barbaro MP: Prognostic value of exhaled microsatellite alterations at 3 p in NSCLC patients. Lung Cancer. 2009, 64 (3): 334-40. 10.1016/j.lungcan.2008.09.004.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Horváth I, Lázár Z, Gyulai N, Kollai M, Losonczy G: Exhaled biomarkers in lung cancer. Eur Respir J. 2009, 34 (1): 261-75. 10.1183/09031936.00142508. ReviewView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Spanevello A, Confalonieri M, Sulotto F, Romano F, Balzano G, Migliori GB, Bianchi A, Michetti G: Induced sputum cellularity. Reference values and distribution in normal volunteers. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2000, 162 (3 Pt 1): 1172-4.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Bland JM, Altman DG: Comparing methods of measurement: why plotting difference against standard method is misleading. Lancet. 1995, 346 (8982): 1085-7. 10.1016/S0140-6736(95)91748-9.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Yao H, Rahman I: Current concepts on the role of inflammation in COPD and lung cancer. Curr Opin Pharmacol. 2009, 9 (4): 375-83. 10.1016/j.coph.2009.06.009.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- Carpagnano GE, Barnes PJ, Francis J, Wilson N, Bush A, Kharitonov SA: Breath condensate pH in children with cystic fibrosis and asthma: a new noninvasive marker of airway inflammation?. Chest. 2004, 125 (6): 2005-10. 10.1378/chest.125.6.2005.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Carpagnano GE, Kharitonov SA, Foschino-Barbaro MP, Resta O, Gramiccioni E, Barnes PJ: Increased inflammatory markers in the exhaled breath condensate of cigarette smokers. Eur Respir J. 2003, 21 (4): 589-93. 10.1183/09031936.03.00022203.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Koczulla AR, Noeske S, Herr C, Jörres RA, Römmelt H, Vogelmeier C, Bals R: Acute and chronic effects of smoking on inflammation markers in exhaled breath condensate in current smokers. Respiration. 2010, 79 (1): 61-7. 10.1159/000245325.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Montuschi P: LC/MS/MS analysis of leukotriene B4 and other eicosanoids in exhaled breath condensate for assessing lung inflammation. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2009, 877 (13): 1272-80. 10.1016/j.jchromb.2009.01.036. ReviewView ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Katsumata N, Eguchi K, Fukuda M, Yamamoto N, Ohe Y, Oshita F, Tamura T, Shinkai T, Saijo N: Serum levels of cytokines in patients with untreated primary lung cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 1996, 2: 553-9.PubMedGoogle Scholar
- Pickett G, Seagrave J, Boggs S, Polzin G, Richter P, Tesfaigzi Y: Effects of 10 cigarette smoke condensates on primary human airway epithelial cells by comparative gene and cytokine expression studies. Toxicol Sci. 2010, 114 (1): 79-89. 10.1093/toxsci/kfp298.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Pétrin D, Turcotte S, Gilbert AK, Rola-Pleszczynski M, Stankova J: The anti-apoptotic effect of leukotriene B4 in neutrophils: a role for phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, extracellular signal-regulated kinase and Mcl-1. Cell Signal. 2006, 18 (4): 479-87. 10.1016/j.cellsig.2005.05.021.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- Krupa A, Walencka MJ, Shrivastava V, Loyd T, Fudala R, Frevert CW, Martin TR, Kurdowska AK: Anti-KC autoantibody:KC complexes cause severe lung inflammation in mice via IgG receptors. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2007, 37 (5): 532-43. 10.1165/rcmb.2006-0395OC.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar
- McCain RW, Holden EP, Blackwell TR, Christman JW: Leukotriene B4 stimulates human polymorphonuclear leukocytes to synthesize and release interleukin-8 in vitro. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 1994, 10 (6): 651-7.View ArticlePubMedGoogle Scholar
- The pre-publication history for this paper can be accessed here:http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2407/11/226/prepub
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.