Department of Public Health, Madda Walabu University, Robe, Ethiopia
Received: 09-Mar-2022, Manuscript No. jcroa-22-56682; Editor assigned: 11-Mar-2022, PreQC No. jcroa-22-56682 (PQ); Reviewed: 22-Mar-2022, QC No. jcroa-22-56682; Accepted: 24-Mar-2022, Manuscript No. jcroa-22-56682 (A); Published: 30-Mar-2022 DOI: 10.4172/jclinresp.4.1.003
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Inflammation and proteolysis are amplifications of the usual inflammatory response to cigarette smoke in chronic obstructive lung disease. In contrast to asthma, this inflammation appears to be resistant to corticosteroids, spurring a quest for new anti-inflammatory medicines to halt the disease's unrelenting progression.
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It has proven difficult to verify the increased protease burden associated with functional inhibition of antiproteases, and it is now considered an oversimplification. The second component, oxidative stress, has a role in many of the pathogenic processes of COPD and may be one mechanism that boosts the inflammatory response. Furthermore, it has been suggested that alveolar cell loss by apoptosis may play a role in the development of emphysema. The vascular endothelial growth factor pathway and oxidative stress may be involved in this mechanism.
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