Scientists identify key protein in immune response to allergies and worms


researchers have found a new way that the body controls inflammation when it is responding to parasitic worm infections or during allergy reactions like asthma attacks.

The researchers - led by a team from The University of Manchester in the UK - report their work in the journalNature Communication.

They believe their findings will lead to new treatments for controlling inflammation during worm infections and allergic reactions like asthma.

Senior author Andrew MacDonald - professor in the department of life sciences and also of the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research - says:

"With billions of people affected by both allergies and worm infections around the world it is vital that we develop better methods of treatment."