Modulation of cAMP metabolism for CFTR potentiation in human airway epithelial cells Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • AbstractCystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease characterized by CF transmembrane regulator (CFTR) dysfunction. With over 2000 CFTR variants identified, in addition to known patient to patient variability, there is a need for personalized treatment. The discovery of CFTR modulators has shown efficacy in certain CF populations, however there are still CF populations without valid therapeutic options. With evidence suggesting that single drug therapeutics are insufficient for optimal management of CF disease, there has been an increased pursuit of combinatorial therapies. Our aim was to test cyclic AMP (cAMP) modulation, through ATP Binding Cassette Transporter C4 (ABCC4) and phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE-4) inhibition, as a potential add-on therapeutic to a clinically approved CFTR modulator, VX-770, as a method for increasing CFTR activity. Human airway epithelial cells (Calu-3) were used to test the efficacy of cAMP modulation by ABCC4 and PDE-4 inhibition through a series of concentration–response studies. Our results showed that cAMP modulation, in combination with VX-770, led to an increase in CFTR activity via an increase in sensitivity when compared to treatment of VX-770 alone. Our study suggests that cAMP modulation has potential to be pursued as an add-on therapy for the optimal management of CF disease.

publication date

  • December 2021