A possible role of chitin in the pathogenesis of asthma and allergy.

@article{Brinchmann2011APR,
  title={A possible role of chitin in the pathogenesis of asthma and allergy.},
  author={Bendik Christian Brinchmann and Michael Bayat and Torbj\orn Br\ogger and Danson Vasanthan Muttuvelu and Anders Tj\onneland and Torben Sigsgaard},
  journal={Annals of agricultural and environmental medicine : AAEM},
  year={2011},
  volume={18 1},
  pages={7-12}
}
Chitin is the second most abundant polysaccharide in the world; it is found in insects, parasites and fungi. Chitinases break down chitin, and are a part of the defence mechanism against chitin-containing parasites in lower life forms. This review is based on the results of PubMed-searches using the search-terms: chitin, chitinase, allergy and asthma. Research in murine models has proved that chitin is a size-dependent microbial-associated molecular pattern, with the ability to induce an… CONTINUE READING
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