Pulmonary Fibrosis, Emphysema, COPD Stem Cell Treatment

Stem Cell Therapy Pulmonary Fibrosis


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Pulmonary fibrosis is the formation or development of excess fibrous connective tissue (fibrosis) in the lungs. It is also described as "scarring of the lung."

Pulmonary fibrosis is suggested by a history of progressive shortness of breath (dyspnea) with exertion. Sometimes fine inspiratory crackles can be heard at the lung bases on auscultation. A chest x-ray may or may not be abnormal, but high Resolution CT will frequently demonstrate abnormalities.


Symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis are mainly:

  • Shortness of breath, particularly with exertion
  • Chronic dry, hacking coughing
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Chest discomfort
  • Loss of appetite and rapid weight loss

Stem Cell Therapy Pulmonary Fibrosis and COPD

Possible Causes

Pulmonary fibrosis may be a secondary effect of other diseases. Most of these are classified as interstitial lung diseases. Examples include autoimmune disorders, viral infections or other microscopic injuries to the lung. However, pulmonary fibrosis can also appear without any known cause. In this case, it is termed "idiopathic". Most idiopathic cases are diagnosed as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. This is a diagnosis of exclusion of a characteristic set of histologic/pathologic features known as usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP). In either case, there is a growing body of evidence which points to a genetic predisposition in a subset of patients. For example, a mutation in Surfactant protein C (SP-C) has been found to exist in some families with a history of pulmonary fibrosis.

Diseases and conditions that may cause pulmonary fibrosis as a secondary effect include:

  • Inhalation of environmental and occupational pollutants, such as in asbestosis, silicosis and exposure to certain gases. Coal miners, ship workers and sand blasters among others are at higher risk. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, most often resulting from inhaling dust contaminated with bacterial, fungal, or animal products.
  • Cigarette smoking can increase the risk or make the illness worse.
  • Some typical connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Scleroderma. Other diseases that involve connective tissue, such as sarcoidosis and Wegener's granulomatosis.
  • Infections
  • Certain medications, e.g. amiodarone, bleomycin, busulfan, methotrexate, and nitrofurantoin
  • Radiation therapy to the chest.

Stem Cell Treatments for Pulmonary Fibrosis and COPD. Pulmonary Fibrosis and COPD and Stem Cell studies and protocols from the NIH:

Cigarette Smoke-Induced Acquired Dysfunction of Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator in the Pathogenesis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2018;2018:6567578 Authors: Shi J, Li H, Yuan C, Luo M, Wei J, Liu X Abstract Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease state characterized by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible. Cigarette smoke and oxidative stress are main etiological risks in COPD. Interestingly, recent studies suggest a considerable overlap between chronic bronchitis (CB) phenotypic COPD and cystic fibrosis (CF), a common fatal hereditary lung disease caused by genetic mutations of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. Phenotypically, CF and COPD are associated with an impaired mucociliary clearance and mucus hypersecretion, although they are two distinct entities of unrelated origin. Mechanistically, the cigarette smoke-increased oxidative stress-induced CFTR dysfunction is implicated in COPD. This underscores CFTR in understanding and improving therapies for COPD by altering CFTR function with antioxidant agents and CFTR modulators as a great promising strategy for COPD treatments. Indeed, treatments that restore CFTR function, including mucolytic therapy, antioxidant ROS scavenger, CFTR stimulator (roflumilast), and CFTR potentiator (ivacaftor), have been tested in COPD. This review article is aimed at summarizing the molecular, cellular, and clinical evidence of oxidative stress, particularly the cigarette smoke-increased oxidative stress-impaired CFTR function, as well as signaling pathways of CFTR involved in the pathogenesis of COPD, with a highlight on the therapeutic potential of targeting CFTR for COPD treatment. PMID: 29849907 [PubMed - in process]

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