Eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) in saliva: a new marker of disease activity in bronchial asthma.

@article{Schmekel2001EosinophilCP,
  title={Eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) in saliva: a new marker of disease activity in bronchial asthma.},
  author={Birgitta Schmekel and Johan Ahlner and Monica Malmstr{\"o}m and Per Venge},
  journal={Respiratory medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={95 8},
  pages={670-5}
}
Eosinophil cells play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of asthma, and concentration of eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) in serum has been used to monitor activity of the disease. Our aim was to determine the feasibility and usefulness of measuring ECP in saliva and to use it as a marker of the disease. Thirty-eight patients with asthma and 16 healthy volunteers were included in this study. Repeatability of measurements of ECP in saliva was acceptable [intra-class correlation coefficients (Ri… CONTINUE READING