Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an inflammatory disease in humans where no satisfactory therapeutic options exist. Regulation of the immune system by neurotransmitters has been identified as a possible exploitable strategy to treat inflammatory conditions. Antidepressant drugs have been found to have secondary actions including anti-inflammatory activity in a wide range of disease states in vivo. The cellular effects of these drugs that contribute to this effect have yet to be elucidated. The aim was to examine whether anti-depressants have a direct effect on the immune system or an effect on the target tissue such as lung cells.
|Date of Award||Feb 2012|