"Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Airway Inflammation"

The current study examines the potential anti-inflammatory actions of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, as well as EPA (eicosapentaenic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in an in vitro using three-dimensional EpiAirway respiratory epithelial model of airway inflammation. Using this highly sensitive model system, we hope to demonstrate that omega-3 fatty acids can exert direct anti-inflammatory actions in human airway tissues. Such anti-inflammatory effects could be useful in preventing or reducing bronchial hyper-reactivity in susceptible patients exposed to airborne irritants. The study is being conducted in conjunction with Dr. James Fetterman, Pharm. D. at the South University School of Pharmacy. Data collection is ongoing.