Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders-Drug Targets

(Formerly Current Drug Targets - Immune, Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders)

Emilio Jirillo  
Universitá degli Studi di Bari
Dipartimento di Clinica Medica
Immunologia e Malattie Infettive
Sezione di Microbiologia e Immunologia
Piazza Giulio Cesare-Policlinico
Bari
Italy

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VIP in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: State of the Art

Author(s): Catalina Abad, Rosa Gomariz, James Waschek, Javier Leceta, Carmen Martinez, Yasmina Juarranz and Alicia Arranz

Affiliation: The Semel Institute and Department of Psychiatry, The David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.

Keywords: Crohn’s disease, IBD, inflammation, neuroimmunomodulation, neuropeptide, VIP, Autoimmune diseases, ulcerative colitis (UC), predominant anti-inflammatory action, neuroimmunopeptide, pituitary adenylate cyclaseactivating polypeptide (PACAP), airflow obstruction, airway inflammation.

Abstract:

The pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) is poorly understood. However, an inflammatory component is a common hallmark. It has been suggested that CD principally involves Th1 and/or Th17 cells, while UC is considered to be more Th2 driven. Because vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) has emerged in the last decade as a putative candidate for the treatment of inflammatory diseases with a Th1 component, it may as well serve as a therapeutic target in CD. In addition, experiments using mice deficient in VIP or its receptors have revealed that the endogenously-produced VIP may participate in the regulation of immunity. The aim of the present review is to summarize the quite considerable array of data which suggests that the VIP-receptor system plays a key role in modulating multiple molecular and cellular players involved in IBD.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 12
ISSUE: 4
Page: [316 - 322]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/187153012803832576