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The pro-allergic influences of helminth parasites

Author(s): Pritchard David I

Journal: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
ISSN 0074-0276

Volume: 92;
Issue: suppl.2;
Start page: 15;
Date: 1997;
Original page

Keywords: allergic response | helminth infection | allergen | cytokine

Parasitic infection is highly allergenic, and the present paper illustrates how parasites might disrupt the regulation of IgE synthesis, resulting in heightened Th-2 responses. The study of parasites, and dysregulation of the IgE ntwork, could in turn provide information relating to the aetiology of allergic diseases such as asthma and atopic dermatitis.
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