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Pharmacological manipulation of granulocyte apoptosis: potential therapeutic targets

Authors
Journal
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
0165-6147
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
12
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0165-6147(99)01391-7
Keywords
  • Eosinophil
  • Neutrophil
  • Apoptosis
  • Nf-κB
  • Tnf
  • Inflammation
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology

Abstract

Abstract Resolution of inflammation involves the clearance of excess or effete inflammatory cells by a process of physiological programmed cell death (apoptosis) and the subsequent recognition and removal of apoptotic cells by phagocytes. The therapeutic induction of apoptosis for the resolution of chronic inflammation and the general pharmacology of apoptosis have become subjects of increasing interest. In this article, some of the unique and important differences in the control of apoptosis of various inflammatory cells (particularly neutrophil and eosinophil granulocytes) are highlighted. It is suggested that apoptosis can be specifically regulated pharmacologically and could be exploited to develop new drug therapies.

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