Giuseppe Lungarella

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After more than two decades of research into phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors, roflumilast (3-cyclopropylmethoxy-4-difluoromethoxy-N-[3,5-di-chloropyrid-4-yl]-benzamide) may become the first agent in this class to be approved for patient treatment worldwide. Within the PDE family of 11 known isoenzymes, roflumilast is selective for PDE4, showing(More)
Extracellular ATP acts as a "danger signal" and can induce inflammation by binding to purinergic receptors. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is one of the most common inflammatory diseases associated with cigarette smoke inhalation, but the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. In this study, we show that endogenous pulmonary ATP levels(More)
RATIONALE There is a need for new agents capable of suppressing the inflammatory response in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. OBJECTIVES This study evaluated the effects of roflumilast, a phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitor on acute lung inflammation and chronic lung changes in models of cigarette exposure in mice. METHODS Roflumilast was given(More)
OBJECTIVE Proteinase-activated receptor-2 is widely expressed in vascular tissue and in highly vascularized organs in humans and other species. Its activation mainly causes endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation in vitro and hypotension in vivo. Here, using nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice at different disease stages, we have evaluated the role of PAR2 in the(More)
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) contribute to the pathogenesis and/or progression of several human diseases. Proteins are important molecular signposts of oxidative/nitrosative damage. However, it is generally unresolved whether the presence of oxidatively/nitrosatively modified proteins has a causal role or simply reflects(More)
The role of strain difference in the response to cigarette smoke was investigated in mice. Mice of the strains DBA/2 and C57BL/6J responded to acute cigarette smoke with a decrease of the antioxidant defenses of their bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluids. On the other hand, under these conditions ICR mice increased their BAL antioxidant defenses. Mice of(More)
Haemoglobins bearing reactive sulfhydryl groups have been shown to be able to interplay with glutathione in some detoxification processes. Blood from different mouse strains commonly used as experimental animal models, i.e., C57, DBA and ICR, was treated with oxidants with the aim of evaluating: (i) the involvement of protein SH groups in oxido-reductive(More)
In order to evaluate the clinical value of the saccharin test as a practical and simple measure of mucociliary clearance, nasal mucociliary clearance (NMCC) and ciliary ultrastructure were studied in 22 patients suspected of having primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) based on the saccharin test. Ten patients fulfilling the diagnostic criteria of PCD had a(More)
Extracellular ATP is up-regulated in the airways of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and may contribute to the pathogenesis of the disease. However, the precise mechanisms are poorly understood. Our objective was to investigate the functional role of the ATP receptor P2X(7) in the pathogenesis of cigarette smoke (CS)-induced lung(More)
The development of cigarette smoke-induced pulmonary changes in C57 Bl/6J and DBA/2 mice was investigated. Both strains are sensitive to oxidants and C57Bl/6J mice are moderately deficient in serum alpha1-proteinase inhibitor. Following chronic exposure to cigarette smoke, patchy emphysema was present in mice of both strains, but developed faster in DBA/2(More)