Journal article

Targeting oxidant-dependent mechanisms for the treatment of COPD and its comorbidities

Ivan Bernardo, Steven Bozinovski, Ross Vlahos

PHARMACOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an incurable global health burden and is characterised by progressive airflow limitation and loss of lung function. In addition to the pulmonary impact of the disease, COPD patients often develop comorbid diseases such as cardiovascular disease, skeletal muscle wasting, lung cancer and osteoporosis. One key feature of COPD, yet often underappreciated, is the contribution of oxidative stress in the onset and development of the disease. Patients experience an increased burden of oxidative stress due to the combined effects of excess reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitrogen species (RNS) generation, antioxidant depletion and reduced antioxidant ..

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