04.03.2010 Asthma and COPD how to control centres of inflammation In today’s world, not all asthma patients benefit from adequate treatment. There is no cure at all for people who suffer from COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A group of researchers led by Dr. Marco Idzko at the Freiburg University Medical Centre are looking for new strategies to treat lung diseases such as these. They have already discovered that ATP, which is the major energy currency molecule in the body, has an effect on the inflammatory processes in the lung and therefore possibly contributes to the development of asthma or COPD. This leads to the question as to whether it would be possible to develop inhibitors to counteract defective ATP signalling and to use them as effective therapeutics.