In the last quarter of century, the analysis of small airways specimens obtained from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients compared with those from a control group of age-matched smokers with normal lung function has provided novel insights on the potential role of the different inflammatory and structural cells, pro/anti-inflammatory mediators and intracellular signalling pathways, contributing to a better knowledge of the pathogenesis of stable COPD. This also has provided a scientific rationale for new drugs discovery and targeting to the small airways. This review summarizes and discusses the pathology of small airways of stable COPD patients, of different severity, compared with control smokers with normal lung function.

COPD pathology in the small airways

CARAMORI, Gaetano;CASOLARI, Paolo;PAPI, Alberto
2011

Abstract

In the last quarter of century, the analysis of small airways specimens obtained from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients compared with those from a control group of age-matched smokers with normal lung function has provided novel insights on the potential role of the different inflammatory and structural cells, pro/anti-inflammatory mediators and intracellular signalling pathways, contributing to a better knowledge of the pathogenesis of stable COPD. This also has provided a scientific rationale for new drugs discovery and targeting to the small airways. This review summarizes and discusses the pathology of small airways of stable COPD patients, of different severity, compared with control smokers with normal lung function.
Caramori, Gaetano; Casolari, Paolo; Giuffrè, S.; Barczyk, A.; Adcock, I.; Papi, Alberto
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11392/1422114
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 18
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 15
social impact