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Recent Patents on Cardiovascular Drug Discovery

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ISSN (Print): 1574-89011
ISSN (Online): 2212-3962

Vasoproliferation and Antiproliferative Treatment Options in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Author(s): Markus Blaukovitsch, Peter Zabel and Hans-Peter Hauber

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2009

Page: [142 - 149] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/157489009788452968

Price: $65

Abstract

New treatment options have improved the prognosis of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. However, drugs such as prostanoids, PDE5 inhibitors and endothelin receptor antagonists mainly act as vasodilating agents. Recently, it has become clear that pulmonary arterial hypertension is an inflammatory and vasoproliferative disease. Therefore new anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative treatments are needed. This review will focus on the pathogenesis of inflammation and vasoproliferation in pulmonary hypertension. In addition, an overview on possible new antiinflammatory and antiproliferative drugs in pulmonary hypertension (e.g. Rho-kinase inhibitors, imatinib mesylate. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) will be given along with recent patents.

Keywords: Endothelin, inflammation, inhibitor, kinase, proliferation, prostanoid, pulmonary hypertension, Rho, &, serotonin


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