【24drs.com】在线发表于8月5日Lancet Respiratory Medicine期刊的一篇单一中心随机试验指出,中度到重度气喘与痰液嗜酸性球增多的患者,可受益于fevipiprant治疗。
  第一作者、英国Leicester大学Sherif Gonem博士等人解释,这些最新的研究结果认为,目标性治疗可用于治疗特定的气喘患者。在这案例,fevipiprant是前列腺素D2受体的拮抗剂,此受体在重症气喘患者之数量增加,这个受体会调节免疫反应,也可能会增强呼吸道发炎症状。
  为了探讨针对这个受体是否有助于严重气喘患者,研究者招募了61名有持续中度到重度气喘、且痰液嗜酸性球数量大于或等于2%的研究对象。这些患者全部都继续使用吸入型类固醇,先接受单盲安慰剂2周,之后随机指派接受每天2次的口服药物或安慰剂,患者接受fevipiprant 或安慰剂共12周,接著是6周的单盲安慰剂洗清期。
  接受fevipiprant的这组,痰液嗜酸性球百分比降低了4.5倍,从平均5.4% (95%信赖区间[CI], 3.1% - 9.6%)降低到1.1% (95% CI, 0.7% - 1.9%);安慰剂组降低了1.3倍,从4.6% (95% CI, 2.5% - 8.7%)降低到3.9% (95% CI, 2.3% - 6.7%),fevipiprant这组没有死亡或严重副作用报告。
  在一篇相关评论中,比利时Ghent大学医院呼吸治疗科主任Guy G. Brusselle博士等人形容该研究为:一篇「为一个有前途之新成份验证概念」的研究,可望满足控制不佳、部份原因是对皮质类固醇治疗有抗药性之严重气喘患者的治疗需求。
  南佛罗里达大学医学教授、美国过敏气喘暨免疫学学院执行副理事长Thomas B. Casale医师指出,这个方法的一个好处是,fevipiprant对嗜酸性球之外其它发炎细胞也有效。作者们指出,举例而言,DP2受体对于T-helper-2细胞和第2型先天淋巴细胞有影响,这些都会释出发炎细胞激素。
  Native link:Fevipiprant Shows Promise for Severe, Refractory Asthma

Fevipiprant Shows Promise for Severe, Refractory Asthma

By Bridget M. Kuehn
Medscape Medical News

Patients with moderate-to-severe asthma and sputum eosinophilia benefited from fevipiprant in a single-center, randomized trial published online August 5 in Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

The results are the latest to suggest targeted therapies may be useful in treating select subgroups of patients with asthma. In this case, fevipiprant is an antagonist of the prostaglandin D2 receptor, which is found in increased numbers in patients with severe asthma, explain lead author Sherif Gonem, PhD, from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, and colleagues. The receptor modulates the immune response and may boost airway inflammation.

To test whether targeting this receptor would benefit patients with severe asthma, the researchers recruited 61 participants with persistent, moderate to severe asthma and a sputum eosinophil count greater than or equal to 2%. All patients, who continued inhaled steroids, received a single-blind placebo for 2 weeks before being randomly assigned to the twice-daily oral drug or a placebo. Participants received the fevipiprant or placebo for 12 weeks, followed by a 6-week washout period with a single-blind placebo.

The sputum eosinophil percentage decreased by 4.5 times from an average of 5.4% (95% confidence interval [CI], 3.1% - 9.6%) to 1.1% (95% CI, 0.7% - 1.9%) in the group that received fevipiprant and decreased by 1.3 times from 4.6% (95% CI, 2.5% - 8.7%) to 3.9% (95% CI, 2.3% - 6.7%) in the placebo group. No deaths or serious adverse events were reported in the fevipiprant group.

"Fevipiprant reduces eosinophilic airway inflammation and is well tolerated in patients with persistent, moderate-to-severe asthma and raised sputum eosinophil counts despite inhaled corticosteroid treatment," the authors write.

Fevipiprant-treated patients also had reduced eosinophilic inflammation in the bronchial submucosa, better asthma control and asthma-related quality of life, and improved postinhaler forced expiratory volume in 1 second scores compared with patients in the placebo group, the authors report.

The effect on eosinophilic inflammation was similar in magnitude to that seen with mepolizumab, a monoclonal antibody that targets interleukin 5, the authors write. But unlike mepolizumab and other biologics, fevipiprant did not change the blood eosinophil count.

In an accompanying comment, Guy G. Brusselle, MD, PhD, head of the respiratory medicine clinic at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium, and colleagues describe the results as a "proof-of-concept" study for a "promising new compound" that could fill an unmet need for a subgroup of patients who have uncontrolled severe asthma that is partly resistant to corticosteroid treatment.

"There is an unmet need for effective therapies that can be delivered orally or that target specific corticosteroid-resistant pathogenic pathways," write Dr Brusselle and colleagues.

One advantage of this approach might be that fevipiprant also has effects on inflammatory cells other than eosinophils, noted Thomas B. Casale, MD, executive vice president of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and a professor of medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa. For example, the authors note, the DP2 receptor has effects on T-helper-2 cells and type 2 innate lymphoid cells, which release inflammatory cytokines.

"If this turns out to be effective therapy, it could be a way to decrease airway inflammation that's not just specific to eosinophils, but [targets] these other key inflammatory cells as well," Dr Casale said.

However, Dr Bruselle and colleagues note the trial's small size, single-center design, and short duration make it impossible to draw conclusions about the long-term safety and efficacy of the fevipiprant or whether the drug will prevent exacerbations over time.

"Therefore, large, long-term, multicenter studies are needed to investigate whether fevipiprant improves clinical outcomes and reduces asthma exacerbations in patients with uncontrolled asthma," Dr Brusselle and colleagues write.

Dr Casale agreed that larger, longer-term studies are needed to confirm the efficacy and better assess the drug's safety profile.

The AirPROM project and the UK National Institute for Health provided funding for the study. Several of the authors report employment by Novartis, which also funded the study. The remaining authors report a variety of relationships with pharmaceutical companies and medical organizations including Novartis, Chiesi, GlaxoSmithKline, the European Respiratory Society, AstraZeneca, Almirall, Boehringer Ingelheim, Aerocrine, Genentec, Regeneron, Teva, Roche, Pulmacide, Pfizer, MedImmune, and Vectura. The editorialists have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Dr Casale reports consulting for or receiving funding from Genetech, MedImmune/Astra Zeneca, Novartis, Teva, and Sanofi/Regeneron. Dr Casale's consulting honoraria are given to the University of South Florida.

Lancet Respir Med. Published online August 5, 2016.

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