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Bacterial protein in house dust spurs asthma according to NIH study

Just a short post here about an interesting paper that came out a few weeks ago (not open access, here’s the press release).   This group showed that the bacterial protein flagellin can exacerbate allergic reactions to house dust (at least in mice).  What’s interesting to me is that flagellin itself is not an allergen, it seems to be “priming” the immune response responsible for allergies.

 

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David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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