DNase I footprinting of the human interleukin-5 gene promoter.

A characteristic feature of allergic asthma is the overexpression of the T helper type 2 (Th2) cytokines interleukin-4 (IL-4), IL-5 and IL-13 by T lymphocytes. Of these cytokines, IL-5 is critical for the growth, survival and recruitment of eosinophils which are thought to be responsible for the tissue damage observed in asthmatic airways. The expression of… CONTINUE READING