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The Pathobiology of Eosinophilic Inflammation

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Eosinophils are bone-marrow-derived granulocytes that are involved in both allergic and nonallergic inflammation. They possess a diverse repertoire of functional responses and effector capabilities, including the release of preformed cytotoxic granule proteins, superoxide production, leukotriene biosynthesis, and cytokine production. Each of these functional capabilities is linked to the production of tissue damage and physiologic derangements that are characteristic of human diseases associated with eosinophil-dominated inflammation, such as asthma. This review concerns the biology of eosinophils as it pertains to the pathogenesis of allergic disease.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1997-09-01

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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