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We investigated acute bronchoconstriction and changes in airway responsiveness to methacholine following the inhalation of platelet activating factor (PAF) in an open study of 12 non-asthmatic subjects. Ventilatory function was monitored using a flow rate at 30% of vital capacity (V30) and airway responsiveness was measured as PD40V30, i.e. the dose of metacholine causing a 40% fall in V30. PAF (3-422 micrograms) resulted in dose-related acute bronchoconstriction in 10 of the 12 subjects. There was no association between the airway responsiveness to PAF and to methacholine. Ten subjects showed some increase in airway responsiveness to methacholine 1 or 3 days following PAF. Overall, these changes were statistically significant (P less than 0.05) but were of small magnitude (geometric mean PD40V30pre-PAF = 457 micrograms; 24 hr after PAF = 259 micrograms; 72 hr after PAF = 258 micrograms) and variable: only seven subjects showing increased airway responsiveness on both day 1 and day 3 after PAF. Six subjects who appeared to show increases in airway responsiveness following PAF were re-studied with the inhaled PAF pre-medicated by either placebo or a specific thromboxane receptor antagonist (GR32191B) in a double-blind fashion. GR32191B did not reduce the acute bronchoconstriction due to PAF. In this part of the study, these six subjects did not show significant increases in airway responsiveness following the placebo pre-medicated PAF challenge and so no effect of the drug on airway responsiveness could be shown.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)


Journal article


Clin Exp Allergy

Publication Date





311 - 317


Administration, Inhalation, Adult, Biphenyl Compounds, Dose-Response Relationship, Drug, Double-Blind Method, Heptanoic Acids, Humans, Lung, Male, Methacholine Compounds, Middle Aged, Platelet Activating Factor, Receptors, Prostaglandin, Receptors, Thromboxane, Thromboxanes, Time Factors, Vital Capacity