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Allergy Asthma Proc. 2000 Mar-Apr;21(2):107-11.

The role of atypical organisms in asthma.

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UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, USA.

Abstract

Atypical organisms (Chlamydia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae) have been recently linked to asthma in various ways: an infection with these organisms may precede asthma onset, exacerbate asthma, or make asthma control more difficult. Their ability to elicit a TH2 response and promote airway inflammation may be the common pathway in the development of an atopic inflammatory response. This article presents a summary of the evidence that infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae or Mycoplasma pneumoniae may play a significance role in asthma.

PMID:
10791112
DOI:
10.2500/108854100778250860
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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