Dioscorin protects tight junction protein expression in A549 human airway epithelium cells from dust mite damage.

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE In addition to being an allergen, the trypsin activity of dust mite extract also destroys the tight junctions of bronchial epithelium. Such damage can lead to airway leakage, which increases airway exposure to allergens, irritants, and other pathogens. Dioscorin, the storage protein of yam, demonstrates anti-trypsin activity, as well… (More)

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