Phosphodiesterases (PDEs) are important modulators of inflammation and wound healing. In this capacity, specific targeting of PDEs for the treatment of many diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), has been investigated. Currently, treatment of COPD is suboptimal. PDE4 modulates the inflammatory response of the lung, and inhibition of PDE4 may be a novel, COPD-specific approach toward more effective treatment strategies. This review describes the state of PDE4-inhibitor therapy for use in COPD treatment.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)