Ayumi Takaoka

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Itch accompanies various skin diseases. As a number of mediators other than histamine can be involved in the itch sensation, H1 receptor antagonists are not necessarily effective in treating itch. External application of antipruritic drugs is occasionally used as an alternative therapy for pruritic skin conditions, such as pruritus on primary non-diseased,(More)
Ag-specific Th1 and Th2 cells have been demonstrated to play a critical role in the induction of allergic diseases. Here we have investigated the precise mechanisms of Th1-induced airway inflammation. Airway inflammation was induced in BALB/c mice by transfer of freshly induced OVA-specific Th1 or Th2 cells followed by OVA inhalation. In this model, both(More)
Pruritus is an important symptom in atopic dermatitis (AD), but the major pruritogen has not been identified. NC/Nga mice, spontaneously develop an eczematous AD-like skin lesion when kept under conventional conditions, but not under specific pathogen-free (SPF) conditions, have been thought to be an animal model for AD. In this study, to determine whether(More)
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