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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 2432958, 13 pages
Review Article

Role of the Cysteinyl Leukotrienes in the Pathogenesis and Progression of Cardiovascular Diseases

1Centro Cardiologico Monzino IRCCS, Via Carlo Parea 4, 20138 Milan, Italy
2Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Milan, Via Giuseppe Balzaretti 9, 20133 Milan, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Luigi Sironi; ti.iminu@inoris.igiul

Received 26 January 2017; Accepted 17 August 2017; Published 28 August 2017

Academic Editor: Donna-Marie McCafferty

Copyright © 2017 Francesca Colazzo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cysteinyl leukotrienes (CysLTs) are potent lipid inflammatory mediators synthesized from arachidonic acid, through the 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) pathway. Owing to their properties, CysLTs play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of inflammation; therefore, CysLT modifiers as synthesis inhibitors or receptor antagonists, central in asthma management, may become a potential target for the treatment of other inflammatory diseases such as the cardiovascular disorders. 5-LO pathway activation and increased expression of its mediators and receptors are found in cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, the cardioprotective effects observed by using CysLT modifiers are promising and contribute to elucidate the link between CysLTs and cardiovascular disease. The aim of this review is to summarize the state of present research about the role of the CysLTs in the pathogenesis and progression of atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction.