Rapid systemic uptake of allergens through the respiratory mucosa

Catholic University of Louvain, Лувен-ла-Нев, Walloon, Belgium
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Impact Factor: 11.48). 09/2007; 120(2):472-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2007.03.047
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    • "These data are consistent with the rapid allergen release and the weak localization of allergens in lysosomes observed in this study for the respiratory epithelial cell line A549. Transcytosis of allergens by respiratory epithelial cells may also explain higher serum concentrations of proteins after lower airway absorption than after nasal absorption observed in a mouse model (Hens et al., 2007). Allergens and non-allergenic proteins were also internalized by the bronchial epithelial cell lines NCI-H727 and Calu-3. "
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