UCSF Team Learns More About Why Airway Closes Up During Asthma Attacks

By By Mallar Bhattacharya, MD on October 17, 2014

The molecular regulation of smooth-muscle contraction is an important determinant of airway responses during an acute asthmatic attack. In acute asthma, various triggers, including viral illnesses and aeroallergens, can cause acute narrowing of the airways leading to a life-threatening respiratory crisis and sometimes death.