Connective tissue growth factor: a role in airway remodelling in asthma?

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1. Severe persistent asthma is accompanied by structural changes in the airway, referred to as remodelling. The mechanisms driving airway remodelling are poorly understood. 2. Transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta is increased in the airways of patients with asthma. Many of the effects of TGF-beta are mediated by connective tissue growth factor (CTGF). 3. Overexpression of CTGF is linked to many fibrotic diseases, but its exact role in airway remodelling is unknown. 4. Connective tissue growth factor mediates cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, survival, extracellular matrix synthesis and has a role in angiogenesis. 5. Current asthma therapies do not inhibit CTGF induction. 6. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the role of CTGF in airway remodelling may lead to new therapeutic strategies for asthma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)988-994
Number of pages7
JournalClinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Animals
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents
  • Asthma
  • Connective Tissue Growth Factor
  • Extracellular Matrix
  • Extracellular Matrix Proteins
  • Gene Expression
  • Humans
  • Immediate-Early Proteins
  • Integrins
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Myocytes, Smooth Muscle
  • Receptors, Cell Surface
  • Signal Transduction
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta

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