Altered T-cell receptor signaling in the pathogenesis of allergic disease

Laboratory of Allergic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD, USA.
The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology (Impact Factor: 11.48). 02/2011; 127(2):351-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2010.11.033
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Mounting evidence from animal models has demonstrated that alterations in T-cell receptor (TCR) signaling alone can lead to dramatically skewed differentiation of naive T cells into T(H)2 cells, to T(H)2 effector functions, and to T(H)2-related diseases. There is significant potential relevance of these observations to human disease. Specifically, a number of immunodeficiencies associated with atopic disease might have atopy as a manifestation because of aberrant TCR signaling. It is therefore important to attempt to identify a role for defects in TCR signaling in the pathogenesis of common atopic diseases.

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