Comparison of basophil histamine release, eosinophil cationic protein and non-specific airway responsiveness between mite-sensitive asthmatic and non-asthmatic children and non-allergic controls.


To understand the relevance of allergy to the development of asthma in children, we examined basophil histamine release (HR) with Df antigen, blood eosinophil counts, serum eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) levels, and bronchial responsiveness to methacholine (PC20) in three groups of children, including 36 asthmatics with high RAST titre for Df (group 1… (More)