Gibbs, B.F. (2008) Basophils as key regulators of allergic inflammation and Th2-type immunity. World Allergy Organization Journal, 1 (7). pp. 123-128.
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Basophils have long been suspected as playing more than a bystander role in initiating and maintaining allergic disorders, despite their relatively low numbers compared with other effector cells, such as mast cells and eosinophils. In vitro studies clearly demonstrated their propensity to generate proallergic cytokines, such as interleukin 4 and interleukin 13, as well as histamine and leukotrienes after simulation with allergens and innate IgE-dependent triggers. However, only very recently have mouse basophils been identified as key regulators of allergy in vivo, including orchestrating Th2 immunity to protease allergens in the induction phase. This review highlights these exciting advances that go far in unraveling our understanding of basophil function in the orchestration of allergic inflammation.
|Additional information:||Review article.|
|Uncontrolled keywords:||basophils; mast cells; Th2 immunity; allergy|
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
|Divisions:||Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Medway School of Pharmacy|
|Depositing User:||Bernhard F- Gibbs|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jun 2011 12:13|
|Last Modified:||25 Feb 2013 16:51|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4788 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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