Intratracheal priming with ovalbumin- and ovalbumin 323-339 peptide-pulsed dendritic cells induces airway hyperresponsiveness, lung eosinophilia, goblet cell hyperplasia, and inflammation.

Dendritic cells (DC) are the primary APC responsible for the capture of allergens in the airways and the shuttling of processed allergens to the draining lymph nodes where Ag presentation and T cell activation take place. The mechanism of this Ag handling and presentation in asthma is poorly understood. In addition, the feasibility of asthma induction by DC… (More)