Phosphodiesterase inhibitors: Lily the Pink's medicinal compound for asthma?

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The second messenger cyclic nucleotides, cyclic AMP and cyclic GMP, mediate relaxation of airways smooth muscle and suppression of multiple inflammatory cell functions. The intracellular concentrations of these cyclic nucleotides are regulated by a superfamily of phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzymes which break down cAMP and cGMP and, thereby, affect airway tone… (More)

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