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A cyclic nucleotide PDE5 inhibitor corrects defective mucin secretion in submandibular cells containing antibody directed against the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein.

A selective cyclic nucleotide PDE5 inhibitor corrected the defective mucin secretion response to the beta-agonist isoproterenol in submandibular acinar cells inhibited by antibody directed against the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. The PDE5 inhibitor was as effective as cpt-cyclic AMP or a selective PDE4 inhibitor. However, the PDE5 inhibitor had no effect on basal or isoproterenol- stimulated cyclic AMP levels and did not stimulate mucin secretion. The results showing, for the first time, correction of the CFTR mucin secretion defect by a PDE5 inhibitor, which may involve cyclic GMP, will have a major impact in development of a rational drug treatment for cystic fibrosis.[1]


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