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Papers: 15 Jul 2023 - 21 Jul 2023


Pharmacology/Drug Development

Abdominal/Pelvic Pain, Inflammation/Inflammatory

2023 Jul 20

J Drug Target


Pharmacological modulation of P2X4 in inflammatory bowel diseases: the way towards novel therapeutics?


D'Antongiovanni V, Pellegrini C, Fornai M, Nemeth ZH, Haskó G, Antonioli L


Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are a group of idiopathic, chronic, relapsing, inflammatory conditions, which include ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). These disorders are characterised by intestinal symptoms associated with chronic inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, such as gut dysmotility and visceral pain. Currently, the pharmacological management of IBD patients is far from satisfactory in terms of efficacy and safety, thus spurring the interest of the scientific community to identify novel molecular targets for the management of these disorders. According to recent research, it appears that P2 purinergic receptors, which can regulate the host’s response to inflammation, have been identified as potential targets for the treatment of IBDs. In particular, among P2 receptors, the P2X4 receptor subtype has recently captured the attention of the research community owing to its role in shaping immune/inflammatory responses. Based on this evidence, the present review has been conceived to provide a critical appraisal of the available knowledge about the role of P2X4R subtype in the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying IBDs, pointing out its potential as therapeutic target to develop innovative therapeutic strategies aimed at counteracting the inflammatory process, gut dysmotility and visceral hypersensitivity associated with these disorders.