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This could be also true during the acute oxidative stress of cigarette smoking. Thus, not only the level but also the structure and function of a1-AT are genetically predetermined and may predispose to COPD in smokers. a1-Antichymotrypsin (a1-ACT) a1-ACT is an acute-phase reactant with antiprotease properties produced by the liver. a1-ACT deficiency is present only in 1% of the general population in Sweden, and is transmitted with autosomal-dominant inheritance . Two mutations in the a1-ACT gene have been associated with a reduced a1-ACT serum level , but the relationship between low a1-ACT or defective functioning of a1-ACT and COPD is not as clear as it is for a1-AT.
Upregulation of adhesion molecules in the bronchial mucosa of subjects with chronic obstructive bronchitis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1994; 149: 803–10. Stockley RA, Cellular mechanisms in the pathogenesis of COPD. Eur Respir Rev 1996; 6: 264–9. Flinkelstein R, Fraser RS, Ghezzo H, Cosio MG. Alveolar inflammation and its relation to emphysema in smokers. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1995; 152: 1666–72. Liu AN, Mohammed AZ, Rice WR et al. Perforin-independent CD8(+) T-cellmediated cytotoxicity of alveolar epithelial cells is preferentially mediated by tumor necrosis factor-alpha: relative insensitivity to Fas ligand.
What is the evidence for cigarette smoke increasing susceptibility to COPD? Among the risk factors that have been related to COPD, cigarette smoke is the best studied and is a consistent finding in numerous studies [1,52,53]. In all recent guidelines on COPD, cigarette smoking has been regarded as the bestestablished risk factor for the development of the disease [54,55]. In addition, passive cigarette smoking has been related to chronic cough and sputum and is also a candidate risk factor for the development of airflow limitation [53,56,57].