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CRTH2 antagonists in asthma: current perspectives

Authors Singh D, Ravi A, Southworth T

Received 6 October 2017

Accepted for publication 8 November 2017

Published 15 December 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 165—173

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CPAA.S119295

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Arthur Frankel


Dave Singh, Arjun Ravi, Thomas Southworth

Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine, The Medicines Evaluation Unit, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Abstract: Chemoattractant receptor-homologous molecule expressed on TH2 cells (CRTH2) binds to prostaglandin D2. CRTH2 is expressed on various cell types including eosinophils, mast cells, and basophils. CRTH2 and prostaglandin D2 are involved in allergic inflammation and eosinophil activation. Orally administered CRTH2 antagonists are in clinical development for the treatment of asthma. The biology and clinical trial data indicate that CRTH2 antagonists should be targeted toward eosinophilic asthma. This article reviews the clinical evidence for CRTH2 involvement in asthma pathophysiology and clinical trials of CRTH2 antagonists in asthma. CRTH2 antagonists could provide a practical alternative to biological treatments for patients with severe asthma. Future perspectives for this class of drug are considered, including the selection of the subgroup of patients most likely to show a meaningful treatment response.

Keywords: CRTH2, clinical trial, eosinophilic asthma, prostaglandin D2

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