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Luigino Calzetta

Mario Cazzola, Luigino Calzetta, Maria Gabriella Matera, Nicola A Hanania, Paola Rogliani
Our understanding of whether and/or how ethnicity influences pharmacological response to asthma therapies is still very scarce. A possible explanation for the increased asthma treatment failures observed in ethnic and racial minorities receiving asthma therapies is that some of these groups may have a pharmacogenomic predisposition to either nonresponse or to adverse response with a specific class of drugs. However, the effects of ethnicity on pharmacological response to asthma therapies are also, and mainly, determined by socioeconomic and environmental factors to a varying extent, depending on the ethnic groups...
March 12, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Maria Gabriella Matera, Luigino Calzetta, Ermanno Puxeddu, Paola Rogliani, Mario Cazzola
LABA+LAMA and LABA+ICS combinations are key pharmacological approaches to the treatment of COPD. However, both combination types can induce adverse events (AEs). Areas covered: Current literature on LABA+LAMA and LABA+ICS combinations has been reviewed with a specific focus on their safety profile in the treatment of COPD. Expert opinion: Several meta-analyses have compared the pooled safety data from randomized clinical trials (RCTs) of LABA+LAMA combinations with LABA+ICS combinations. LABA+LAMA caused significantly less AEs and SAEs...
March 5, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
Janis K Shute, Ermanno Puxeddu, Luigino Calzetta
In this review, we identify potential targets for the therapeutic effects of heparin in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), consider the safety and delivery modalities of this therapeutic approach. Specifically, we point to the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and mucolytic effects of unfractionated heparin with potential to modify disease progression in COPD and asthma when administered via the inhaled route. Inhaled heparin may represent an effective add-on therapy in COPD and asthma patient groups, especially when taking into consideration the relative deficiency in endogenous heparin reported in asthma patients...
February 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Luigino Calzetta, Maria Gabriella Matera, Paola Rogliani, Mario Cazzola
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2018: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
Luigino Calzetta, Paola Rogliani, Elena Pistocchini, Maurizio Mattei, Giuseppe Cito, Pietro Alfonsi, Clive Page, Maria Gabriella Matera
Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) is a main characteristic of horses with severe equine asthma syndrome. The presence of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the airways of horses is thought to play a crucial role in the clinical expression of this disorder. This study pharmacologically characterized the effect of LPS on the responsiveness of equine bronchial tissue. Equine isolated bronchi were incubated overnight with LPS (0.1-100 ng/ml) and then stimulated by electrical field stimulation (EFS). The role of capsaicin sensitive-sensory nerves (capsaicin desensitization treatment), neurokinin-2 (NK2) receptors (blocked by GR159897), transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 receptors (TRPV1; blocked by SB366791), and neurokinin A (NKA) were investigated...
January 30, 2018: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Gennaro Liccardi, Luigino Calzetta, Manlio Milanese, Carlo Lombardi, Eleonora Savi, Giovanni Passalacqua, Paola Rogliani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 30, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Glenn A Jacobson, Sharanne Raidal, Morten Hostrup, Luigino Calzetta, Richard Wood-Baker, Mark O Farber, Clive P Page, E Haydn Walters
Long-acting β2-agonists (LABAs) such as formoterol and salmeterol are used for prolonged bronchodilatation in asthma, usually in combination with inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs). Unexplained paradoxical asthma exacerbations and deaths have been associated with LABAs, particularly when used without ICS. LABAs clearly demonstrate effective bronchodilatation and steroid-sparing activity, but long-term treatment can lead to tolerance of their bronchodilator effects. There are also concerns with regard to the effects of LABAs on bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR), where long-term use is associated with increased BHR and loss of bronchoprotection...
January 13, 2018: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
Mario Cazzola, Luigino Calzetta, Clive Page, Paola Rogliani, Maria Gabriella Matera
A previous meta-analysis suggested that the treatment with erdosteine was associated with significant amelioration of the cumulative global efficacy index and symptoms in comparison to placebo or other mucolytics. However, this conclusion was criticized because the meta-analysis, as it had been done, made it impossible to preclude the potential operation of selection biases within and across trials, and identify any realised benefits of an individual patient data approach. Taking into consideration these criticisms and also the publication of two further recent articles focused on the prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations with erdosteine, we have carried out a quantitative synthesis via meta-analysis of the currently available data on the use of this drug...
December 9, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Maria Gabriella Matera, Barbara Rinaldi, Luigino Calzetta, Mario Cazzola
Pharmacogenetic and pharmacogenomic approaches are already utilized in some areas, such as oncology and cardiovascular disease, for selecting appropriate patients and/or establishing treatment and dosing guidelines. This is not true in asthma although many patients have different responses to drug treatment due to genetic factors. Areas covered: Several genetic factors that affect the pharmacotherapeutic responses to asthma medications, such as β2-AR agonists, corticosteroids, and leukotriene modifiers and could contribute to significant between-person variability in response are described...
November 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Janis K Shute, Luigino Calzetta, Vittorio Cardaci, Stefania di Toro, Clive P Page, Mario Cazzola
BACKGROUND: COPD is an inflammatory airway disease characterised by progressive airflow limitation and air trapping, leading to lung hyperinflation and exercise limitation. Acute worsening of symptoms, including dyspnea, cough and sputum production, occurs during exacerbations which are associated with significantly reduced health related quality of life, and increased morbidity and mortality. Chronic bronchial mucus production and productive cough are risk factors for exacerbations. Medicines targeting bronchoconstriction and airway inflammation are the current mainstays of COPD therapy...
October 3, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mario Cazzola, Paola Rogliani, Luigino Calzetta, Nicola A Hanania, Maria Gabriella Matera
Mucolytics are potentially useful for the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), although there is conflicting advice on their use in different guideline documents. Furthermore, there is paucity of data comparing the efficacy of the different mucolytic agents in reducing the odds of COPD exacerbations. We performed pair-wise and network meta-analyses to evaluate the impact of mucoly-tics in COPD. Randomized clinical trials lasting at least 3 months and investigating the effects of mucolytics on COPD exacerbations were identified from published studies and repository databases...
October 2017: COPD
Luigino Calzetta, Paola Rogliani, Maurizio Mattei, Pietro Alfonsi, Giuseppe Cito, Elena Pistocchini, Mario Cazzola, Maria Gabriella Matera
Equine airways represent a suitable ex vivo model to study the functional impact of pharmacological treatments on human chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We aimed to characterize the pharmacological interaction between the long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) tiotropium and the long-acting β2-agonist (LABA) olodaterol in equine airways. The effect of tiotropium and olodaterol, administered alone and in combination at the ratio of concentrations reproducing ex vivo the concentration-ratio delivered by the currently available fixed-dose combination (FDC) (5:5), was investigated on the cholinergic contractile tone induced by the parasympathetic activation of equine isolated airways...
July 26, 2017: COPD
Gennaro Liccardi, Marco Caminati, Gianenrico Senna, Luigino Calzetta, Paola Rogliani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Intimate behaviours may represent an unusual way of exposure to a culprit allergen, or the frame for sex-related allergies due to triggers typically linked to that situation. The present review aims at summarizing the state of the art about the topic, in order to spread the awareness and the basic know-how in the field of sexual-related allergies. RECENT FINDINGS: Kiss-related IgE-mediated reactions are caused in sensitized partners mainly by the passive transport of allergenic molecules through saliva, skin or oral mucosa...
October 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Maria Gabriella Matera, Luigino Calzetta, Barbara Rinaldi, Mario Cazzola
In many severe asthmatics, eosinophils cause inflammation and airways hyperresponsiveness, resulting in frequent exacerbations, impaired lung function, and reduced quality of life. Interleukin-5 (IL-5) is a key cytokine for eosinophil growth, differentiation, recruitment, activation, and survival. Anti-IL-5-based therapies (mepolizumab and reslizumab are humanized monoclonal antibodies (hmAbs) that recognize free IL-5, benralizumab is a hmAb directed at the α subunit of the IL-5R) target the IL-5-signaling in eosinophilic asthma...
September 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Luigino Calzetta, Josuel Ora, Francesco Cavalli, Paola Rogliani, Denis E O'Donnell, Mario Cazzola
BACKGROUND: The ability to exercise is an important clinical outcome in COPD, and the improvement in exercise capacity is recognized to be an important goal in the management of COPD. Therefore, since the current interest in the use of bronchodilators in COPD is gradually shifting towards the dual bronchodilation, we carried out a meta-analysis to evaluate the impact of LABA/LAMA combination on exercise capacity and lung hyperinflation in COPD. METHODS: RCTs were identified after a search in different databases of published and unpublished trials...
August 2017: Respiratory Medicine
Luigino Calzetta, Paola Rogliani, Francesco Facciolo, Erino Rendina, Mario Cazzola, Maria Gabriella Matera
The long-acting β 2 -agonist (LABA) / long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) fixed dose combination (FDC) therapy represents the cornerstone for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nevertheless, conflicting clinical findings still exist on the real benefit of the LABA/LAMA FDCs. Therefore, we investigated whether combining the LABA vilanterol with the LAMA umeclidinium may induce synergistic bronchorelaxant effect in isolated airways. The effect of umeclidinium and vilanterol, administered alone, in combination at the ratio of concentrations reproducing the doses delivered by Anoro ® Ellipta ® (55:22), or at isoeffective low concentrations, was investigated on the cholinergic contractile tone induced by the parasympathetic activation of human isolated airways...
October 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
Luigino Calzetta, Maria Gabriella Matera, Fulvio Braido, Marco Contoli, Angelo Corsico, Fabiano Di Marco, Pierachille Santus, Nicola Scichilone, Mario Cazzola, Paola Rogliani
BACKGROUND: Conflicting findings exist on the benefit of withdrawal of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We performed a quantitative synthesis in order to assess real impact of ICS discontinuation in COPD patients. METHODS: We carried out a meta-analysis via random-effects model on the available clinical evidence to evaluate the effect of ICS discontinuation in COPD. Randomized clinical trials and observational real-life studies investigating the effects of ICS withdrawal on the risk of COPD exacerbation, lung function (forced expiratory volume in 1 s [FEV1]) and quality of life (St...
August 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Luigino Calzetta, Ermanno Puxeddu, Paola Rogliani
The post-hoc analysis of the data collected from the Lung Health Study supports the evolving concept that the impact of COPD may be different between men and women, and supports the hypothesis of a gender-related responsiveness to the pharmacological treatment of COPD. Specific translational studies are needed to assess the real gender-related impact of the currently available dual bronchodilation therapy on the lung function and clinical outcomes of COPD patients. This approach may represent the first affordable step towards a feasible personalized medicine...
May 2017: EBioMedicine
Gennaro Liccardi, Luigino Calzetta, Antonello Salzillo, Gerardo Apicella, Giovanni Croce, Paola Rogliani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
Gennaro Liccardi, Luigino Calzetta, Antonello Salzillo, Amedeo Piccolo, Gloria Pane, Paola Rogliani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
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