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Corticosteroid Effects on Cytokines and Chemokines

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Cytokines as soluble proteins or growth factors involved in cellular interactions are major contributors to allergic and immune-mediated inflammation. Chemokines are chemoattractive cytokines subdivided into families based on cysteine residues. This review on corticosteroid effects on cytokines and chemokines will consider only a selected number of several of these proteins studied in our division and in other centers. Characteristics of several major cytokines up to IL-15, chemokine targets and the effect of corticosteroids on various cells, cytokines, and chemokines are reviewed. The effect of corticosteroid inhibitors of non-specific endothelial activation, selective activation of VCAM-1 expression, eosinophil priming and chemokine production related to allergic diseases is illustrated. The effect of nasal corticosteroids on IL-1 beta, RANTES, IL-6, and IL-8 is also discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2500/108854199778553082

Publication date: May 1, 1999

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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.

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    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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