Interleukin 16 (IL-16) in asthma and allergic rhinitis. A comparison between upper and lower airways.

@article{Afifi2004Interleukin1,
  title={Interleukin 16 (IL-16) in asthma and allergic rhinitis. A comparison between upper and lower airways.},
  author={Salwa Selim Afifi and Amani Ezz ElArab and Soad Y Mostafa},
  journal={The Egyptian journal of immunology},
  year={2004},
  volume={11 2},
  pages={31-6}
}
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of bronchial mucosa, in which mast cells, eosinophils and activated T cells are of considerable importance. The increased chemotactic activity for T cells in patients with asthma is mainly attributable to IL-16. A strong association between asthma and allergic rhinitis exists from a clinical and epidemiologic standpoint of view. Although it is clear that the condition of the upper airways has impact on the lower airway physiology, the precise mechanisms… CONTINUE READING