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The interplay between human b cells, eosinophils and helminths: a novel aspect of the hygiene hypothesis

Mammen, A. and Farraye, F.A. and Liang, Y. and Harnett, W. and Shin, H. and Harnett, M.M. and Nikolajczyk, B. and Ganley-Leal, L. (2008) The interplay between human b cells, eosinophils and helminths: a novel aspect of the hygiene hypothesis. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 79 (6). pp. 337-338. ISSN 0002-9637

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Abstract

The hygiene hypothesis is based on the premise that lack of exposure to helminths predisposes certain individuals to immune-mediated disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This hypothesis is supported by epidemiological data that shows developed countries with a low prevalence of helminth infections have higher incidence of allergic and inflammatory diseases. Helminths modulate the host immune response in a manner that dampens the exaggerated response to innocuous antigens, such as commensal bacteria.

Item type: Article
ID code: 19349
Keywords: human b cells, eosinophils, helminth, hygiene hypothesis, immune-mediated disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Virology, Parasitology
Subjects: Science > Microbiology > Immunology
Department: Faculty of Science > Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2010 10:13
Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 02:49
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/19349

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