Hartney, John M; Robichaud, Annette. Assessment of Airway Hyperresponsiveness in Mouse Models of Allergic Lung Disease Using Detailed Measurements of Respiratory Mechanics. Methods Mol Biol. 2013;1032:205-17. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-496-8_16.

This chapter provides an outline of the procedures necessary to measure airway hyperresponsiveness to inhaled methacholine in mouse models of allergic lung disease. We present a method for acquiring detailed measurements of respiratory mechanics using broadband low-frequency oscillatory waveforms applied at the subject’s airway opening and analyzed using the constant phase model of the lung. We acknowledge that there are other methods of measuring airway responsiveness in allergic rodent models. However, a discussion of the merits and or detriments of these various methods have been vigorously debated in the primary literature and are beyond the scope of this chapter. The goal of this chapter is to provide a guide in how to begin these types of assays in laboratories which have little to no experience with these particular types of assessments.

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