Determinants of exhaled nitric oxide levels in healthy, nonsmoking African American adults.

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BACKGROUND: Asthma is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality for African Americans. Fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) levels are increased in patients with asthma, and airway levels of nitric oxide metabolites regulate airway inflammation and airway diameter. More needs to be known about the factors that regulate FeNO. There is a need for FeNO reference values for African Americans. OBJECTIVE: We sought to establish reference values and identify factors associated with FeNO levels in healthy African American adults. METHODS: FeNO levels were measured in 895 healthy, nonsmoking African Americans between the ages of 18 and 40 years. FeNO measurements were repeated in 84 subjects. Factors potentially associated with FeNO were measured, including blood pressure, height, weight, and serum total IgE, eosinophil cationic protein, C-reactive protein, and nitrate levels. Data on respiratory symptoms, including upper respiratory tract infection (URI) symptoms, were collected. Univariate and multivariate analyses of the relationship between these variables and FeNO levels were performed. RESULTS: In healthy, nonsmoking African Americans FeNO levels were stable during repeated measurements (intraclass correlation coefficient, 0.81). Sex (P < .0001), serum total IgE levels (P < .0001), and current URI symptoms (P = .0002) contributed significantly to FeNO variability but together accounted for less than 50% of the variation in FeNO levels. CONCLUSION: The high correlation between repeated measurements of FeNO and the low correlation coefficients of known factors associated with FeNO suggest that other factors might contribute substantially to variability of FeNO levels in African Americans.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Levesque, MC; Hauswirth, DW; Mervin-Blake, S; Fernandez, CA; Patch, KB; Alexander, KM; Allgood, S; McNair, PD; Allen, AS; Sundy, JS

Published Date

  • February 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 121 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 396 - 402.e3

PubMed ID

  • 18036642

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-6825

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jaci.2007.09.031


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States