Chapter 31. Leukotrienes


Wiktoria Mirowska, Dorota Bartusik-Aebisher, and David Aebisher
Medical College of The University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów, Poland

Part of the book: The Biochemical Guide to Hormones


The involvement of leukotrienes in inflammatory processes is the main factor that prompts scientists to conduct clinical trials to develop new anti-leukotriene drugs. So far, these drugs have been used in patients with mild, moderate and severe asthma as well as asthma with hypersensitivity to aspirin. They are also used in the case of nasal polyps, hypertrophic rhinitis and sinuses, urticaria, and digestive system diseases. In the future, anti-leukotriene drugs may appear in cardiology, and more specifically as an aid in the case of ischemia of tissues, including the heart muscle. Doctors place a lot of hope in them because they can contribute to the development of medicine.

Keywords: leukotrienes, T lymphocytes, erythrocytes, endothelial cells, vascular permeability, glucocorticosteroids


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