Anti-TNF-alpha therapies in chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases

Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2008 Aug;17(8):1203-11. doi: 10.1517/13543784.17.8.1203.


Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are chronic diseases in which inflammation of the airways leads to progressive transient airway obstruction and TNF-alpha plays an important pro-inflammatory role.

Objective: To assess the plausibility of anti-TNF-alpha therapies playing an anti-inflammatory role in asthma and COPD.

Methods: Scientific rationale of TNF-alpha targeting in asthma and COPD was assessed individually and the available data on the use of anti-TNF-alpha in each disease were reviewed.

Results and conclusion: Anti-TNF-alpha therapies demonstrate different efficacies in asthma and COPD and further supportive preclinical and clinical data are needed, especially about subsets of certain diseases which could benefit the most from these therapies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / adverse effects
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / administration & dosage
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / adverse effects
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • Asthma / drug therapy*
  • Asthma / metabolism
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Etanercept
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / administration & dosage
  • Immunoglobulin G / adverse effects
  • Immunoglobulin G / therapeutic use*
  • Infliximab
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / drug therapy*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / metabolism
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor / administration & dosage
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / antagonists & inhibitors*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • Infliximab
  • Etanercept