Regulation of immunity and allergy by helminth parasites

Maizels, R. M. (2020) Regulation of immunity and allergy by helminth parasites. Allergy, 75(3), pp. 524-534. (doi: 10.1111/all.13944) (PMID:31187881)

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There is increasing interest in helminth parasite modulation of the immune system, both from the fundamental perspective of the “arms race” between host and parasite, and equally importantly, to understand if parasites offer new pathways to abate and control untoward immune responses in humans. This article reviews the epidemiological and experimental evidence for parasite down‐regulation of host immunity and immunopathology, in allergy and other immune disorders, and recent progress towards defining the mechanisms and molecular mediators which parasites exploit in order to modulate their host. Among these are novel products that interfere with epithelial cell alarmins, dendritic cell activation, macrophage function and T‐cell responsiveness through the promotion of an immunoregulatory environment. These modulatory effects assist parasites to establish and survive, while dampening immune reactivity to allergens, autoantigens and microbiome determinants.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maizels, Professor Rick
Authors: Maizels, R. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Allergy
ISSN (Online):1398-9995
Published Online:12 June 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Author
First Published:First published in Allergy 75(3): 524-534
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
765221Helminths and the Immune System: Regulation, Regulators and ImmunityRichard MaizelsWellcome Trust (WELLCOTR)106122/A/14/ZIII - PARASITOLOGY
371799The Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology ( Core Support )Andrew WatersWellcome Trust (WELLCOTR)104111/Z/14/Z & AIII - PARASITOLOGY