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Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2006 Dec;27(12):609-11. Epub 2006 Oct 19.

Not all eicosanoids are bad.

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Centre for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Division of Medicine, 5 University Street, University College London, London WC1E 6JJ, UK.


Although considerable attention has been focused on elucidating the factors that drive inflammation, it is becoming clear that this "acceleration" state is offset by an internal "handbrake". A recent study has uncovered an essential component of this handbrake system, revealing that lipoxins trigger suppressors of cytokine signalling to dampen inflammatory responses to infection. This work bolsters the growing interest in understanding how inflammation is controlled from within and draws further attention to novel targets for drug development based on mimicking the actions of endogenous anti-inflammatory and pro-resolution signals.

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