Molecules bearing a sulphide (HS) group, such as glutathione, play a fundamental role in the defensive system of human airways, as shown by the fact that the lining fluid covering the epithelia of the respiratory tract contains very high concentrations of glutathione: the lungs and nose, respectively, contain about 140 and 40 times the concentrations found in plasma. Consequently, various low-weight soluble molecules bearing an HS group (including N-acetylcysteine, mesna and thiopronine, and prodrugs such as stepronine and erdosteine) have been used for therapeutic purposes. HS groups can also be therapeutically administered by means of sulphurous thermal water containing HS groups. The aim of this study was to investigate the direct activity of such water on the release of elastase by activated human neutrophils.
|Titolo:||Effects of sulphurous water on human neutrophil elastase release|
BRAGA, PIERCARLO (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||human neutrophil elastase; hydrogen sulphide/sulphide; sodium hydrosulphide; sulphurous water|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||dic-2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1177/1753465810376783|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|