Biomolecules & Therapeutics
Recent Advances in the Development of Novel Drug Candidates for Regulating the Secretion of Pulmonary Mucus
Xin Li1,†, Fengri Jin1,†, Hyun Jae Lee2,* and Choong Jae Lee1,*
1Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 35015,
2Smith Liberal Arts College and Department of Addiction Science, Graduate School, Sahmyook University, Seoul 01795, Republic of Korea
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†The first two authors contributed equally to this work.
Received: January 1, 2020; Revised: January 30, 2020; Accepted: February 17, 2020; Published online: March 5, 2020.
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Hypersecretion of pulmonary mucus is a major pathophysiological feature in allergic and inflammatory respiratory diseases including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Overproduction and/or oversecretion of mucus cause the airway obstruction and the colonization of pathogenic microbes. Developing a novel pharmacological agent to regulate the production and/or secretion of pulmonary mucus can be a useful strategy for the effective management of pathologic hypersecretion of mucus observed in COPD and asthma. Thus, in the present review, we tried to give an overview of the conventional pharmacotherapy for mucus-hypersecretory diseases and recent research results on searching for the novel candidate agents for controlling of pulmonary mucus hypersecretion, aiming to shed light on the potential efficacious pharmacotherapy of mucus-hypersecretory diseases.
Keywords: Mucus, Mucin, Hypersecretion, Pharmacotherapy

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