Acute effect of a single infusion of papaverine on human peripheral lymphocyte

M. R. Zocchi, E. Ferrero, R. Pardi, M. P. Protti, C. Rugarli

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It has been reported that drugs which modulate the intracellular levels of 3' 5' cyclic adenosinemonophosphate (cAMP) interfere with the cellular function of the immune system. In this work, papaverine, a drug effective in elevating cAMP levels, was observed to increase the T4+/T8+ ratio in vivo. Furthermore, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from young healthy volunteers who received intravenous papaverine (3 mg/Kg i.v. over 15 min ) showed a decreased response in allogenic mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) but a normal behaviour in a polyclonal mitogen assay and in autologous MLR (AMLR). These findings suggest that papaverine administration could influence the immune system functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-280
Number of pages4
JournalResearch Communications in Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology


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