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A theoretical model of inflammation- and mechanotransduction- driven asthmatic airway remodelling (2018)
Journal Article
Hill, M., Philp, C. J., Billington, C. K., Tatler, A. L., Johnson, S. R., O'Dea, R. D., & Brook, B. S. (in press). A theoretical model of inflammation- and mechanotransduction- driven asthmatic airway remodelling. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, doi:10.1007/s10237-018-1037-4. ISSN 1617-7959

Inflammation, airway hyper-responsiveness and airway remodelling are well-established hallmarks of asthma, but their inter-relationships remain elusive. In order to obtain a better understanding of their inter-dependence, we develop a mechanochemical... Read More

Defining the inflammatory signature of human lung explant tissue in the presence and absence of glucocorticoid (2017)
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Rimington, T. L., Hodge, E., Billington, C. K., Bhaker, S., K C, B., Kilty, I., …Sayers, I. (2017). Defining the inflammatory signature of human lung explant tissue in the presence and absence of glucocorticoid. F1000Research, 6, doi:10.12688/f1000research.10961.1. ISSN 2046-1402

Background: Airway inflammation is a feature of many respiratory diseases and there is a need for newer, more effective anti-inflammatory compounds. The aim of this study was to develop an ex vivo human lung explant model which can be used to help st... Read More

MMP-1 activation contributes to airway smooth muscle growth and asthma severity (2016)
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Naveed, S., Clements, D., Jackson, D. J., Philp, C., Billington, C. K., Soomro, I. N., …Johnson, S. R. (2017). MMP-1 activation contributes to airway smooth muscle growth and asthma severity. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 195(8), doi:10.1164/rccm.201604-0822OC. ISSN 1073-449X

Introduction: Matrix metalloproteinase-1 and mast cells are present in the airways of people with asthma. We hypothesised that matrix metalloproteinase-1 could be activated by mast cells and increase asthma severity. Methods: Patients with stable ast... Read More

The Ser82 RAGE variant affects lung function and serum RAGE in smokers and sRAGE production in vitro (2016)
Journal Article
Miller, S., Henry, A. P., Hodge, E., Kheirallah, A. K., Billington, C. K., Rimington, T. L., …Sayers, I. (2016). The Ser82 RAGE variant affects lung function and serum RAGE in smokers and sRAGE production in vitro. PLoS ONE, 11(10), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164041. ISSN 1932-6203

Introduction Genome-Wide Association Studies have identified associations between lung function measures and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and chromosome region 6p21 containing the gene for the Advanced Glycation End Product Recepto... Read More

Clonally expanded human airway smooth muscle cells exhibit morphological and functional heterogeneity (2014)
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Singh, S. R., Billington, C. K., Sayers, I., & Hall, I. P. (2014). Clonally expanded human airway smooth muscle cells exhibit morphological and functional heterogeneity. Respiratory Research, 15(1), doi:10.1186/1465-9921-15-57. ISSN 1465-9921

Background: Mesenchyme-derived airway cell populations including airway smooth muscle (ASM) cells, fibroblasts and myofibroblasts play key roles in the pathogenesis of airway inflammation and remodeling. Phenotypic and functional characterisation of... Read More

GSTCD and INTS12 regulation and expression in the human lung (2013)
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Obeidat, M., Miller, S., Probert, K., Billington, C. K., Henry, A. P., Hodge, E., …Hall, I. P. (2013). GSTCD and INTS12 regulation and expression in the human lung. PLoS ONE, 8(9), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074630. ISSN 1932-6203

Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) meta-analyses have identified a strong association signal for lung function, which maps to a region on 4q24 containing two oppositely transcribed genes: glutathione S-transferase, C-terminal domain containing (GST... Read More

HTR4 gene structure and altered expression in the developing lung (2013)
Journal Article
Hodge, E., Nelson, C. P., Miller, S., Billington, C. K., Stewart, C. E., Swan, C., …Sayers, I. (2013). HTR4 gene structure and altered expression in the developing lung. Respiratory Research, 14(77), doi:10.1186/1465-9921-14-77. ISSN 1465-9921

Background: Meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) spanning the 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor 4 (5-HT4R) gene (HTR4) associated with lung function. The aims of this study were t... Read More