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      Dupilumab in the management of moderate-to-severe asthma: the data so far

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          Severe asthma constitutes illness in a relatively small proportion of all patients with asthma, but it is a major public health problem – with considerable effect on morbidity, mortality, as well as a high burden on health care resources. Regardless of effective treatments being widely available and the existence of treatment guidelines, a large population of severe asthma cases remain uncontrolled. Achieving and maintaining asthma control in this group of patients is, therefore, of utmost importance. The recognition of distinct inflammatory phenotypes within this population has driven the development of targeted biological therapies – particularly, selective targeted monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). It is noteworthy that in approximately 50% of these patients, there is strong evidence of the pathogenic role of T helper type-2 (Th2) cytokines, such as interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13, orchestrating the eosinophilic and allergic inflammatory processes. Among the recently developed antiasthma biologic drugs, the mAb dupilumab is very promising given its ability to inhibit the biological effects of both IL-4 and IL-13. In this review, we focused on IL-4 and IL-13, as these interleukins are considered to play a key role in the pathophysiology of asthma, and on dupilumab, an anti-IL-4 receptor human mAb, as a forthcoming treatment for uncontrolled severe asthma in the near future.

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              The cytokine network in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

               Peter Barnes (2008)
              Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are very common inflammatory diseases of the airways. They both cause airway narrowing and are increasing in incidence throughout the world, imposing enormous burdens on health care. Cytokines play a key role in orchestrating the chronic inflammation and structural changes of the respiratory tract in both asthma and COPD and have become important targets for the development of new therapeutic strategies in these diseases.
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                Journal
                Ther Clin Risk Manag
                Ther Clin Risk Manag
                Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
                Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
                Dove Medical Press
                1176-6336
                1178-203X
                2017
                01 September 2017
                : 13
                : 1139-1149
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Allergy, Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research (IdiPAZ), CIBER de Enfermedades Respiratorias (CIBERES), Madrid, Spain
                [2 ]Department of Allergy, Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research (IdiPAZ), Madrid, Spain
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Pilar Barranco, Department of Allergy, Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research (IdiPAZ), CIBER de Enfermedades Respiratorias (CIBERES), P. La Castellana 261, 28046, Madrid, Spain, Tel +34 91 727 7144, Email mpbarranco@ 123456gmail.com
                Article
                tcrm-13-1139
                10.2147/TCRM.S125964
                5589101
                © 2017 Barranco et al. This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited

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                treatment, asthma, interleukin-4, interleukin-13, monoclonal antibodies, dupilumab

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