Effect of salbutamol and inhaled sodium cromoglycate on the airway and neutrophil chemotactic activity in "fog"induced bronchospasm

J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1988 Sep;82(3 Pt 1):382-8. doi: 10.1016/0091-6749(88)90009-7.


To investigate whether salbutamol and sodium cromoglycate (SCG) inhibit airway response and the associated mediator release induced by ultrasonic nebulation of distilled water (UNDW, "fog"), we measured the serum neutrophil chemotactic activity (NCA) during bronchial challenge with "fog" with and without premedication with placebo, salbutamol, or SCG in 10 subjects with asthma, in four sets of studies. To assess changes in airway caliber, we measured FEV1. To assess changes in NCA, we measured the maximal distance reached by neutrophils in a filter when neutrophils were challenged with the subject's serum in a Boyden chamber. Treatment with placebo did not change baseline FEV1 or serum NCA; however, FEV1 decreased and serum NCA increased (p less than 0.05) after inhalation of "fog". Treatment with SCG did not affect either FEV1 and baseline serum NCA. After inhalation of "fog", no significant bronchoconstriction nor NCA increase was observed in eight of 10 patients with maximal mean percent decrease in FEV1 of -4.26, SEM 0.99, and maximal mean percent increase in NCA of +8.6, SEM 5.28. In the two patients who developed a bronchoconstriction after challenge with SCG pretreatment, an associated significant increase in NCA was observed but did not affect baseline NCA. After inhalation of "fog", no significant decrease in FEV1 (maximal mean percent decrease FEV1, -6.71, SEM 0.17) nor significant increase in serum NCA (maximal mean percent increase NCA, +3.6, SEM 7.1) was observed in nine of 10 patients. After salbutamol, only one patient developed a bronchoconstrictive response to "fog" associated with a significant increase in serum NCA. These results suggest that both SCG and salbutamol may prevent the bronchoconstriction induced by "fog" by inhibiting mediator release.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Albuterol / therapeutic use*
  • Bronchial Provocation Tests
  • Chemotaxis, Leukocyte / drug effects
  • Cromolyn Sodium / therapeutic use*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neutrophils / physiology*


  • Cromolyn Sodium
  • Albuterol