Blood eosinophils from asymptomatic allergics have a reduced capacity to produce oxygen-free radicals
1998 (English)In: Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, ISSN 0105-4538, E-ISSN 1398-9995, Vol. 53, no 12, 1162-1171 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
BACKGROUND: The eosinophil granulocyte is an inflammatory cell that plays an active part in diseases such as asthma and rhinitis. This study aimed to investigate oxidative metabolism by blood eosinophils taken from allergic rhinitis patients, asthmatics, and nonallergic controls before and during the birch-pollen season.
METHODS: Twenty patients with allergy to birch pollen and seasonal symptoms of rhinitis, some of whom were also asthmatic, were followed before and during the birch-pollen season in Sweden. The cells were purified using a Percoll gradient and the MACS system. Eosinophil purity in all samples was > 95%. Oxidative metabolism was measured by a chemiluminescence (CL) assay, with luminol and lucigenin acting as enhancers, and PMA, serum-treated zymosan (STZ), interleukin (IL)-5, or RANTES as stimuli.
RESULTS: The allergic subjects showed reduced luminol CL when activated before the season with PMA (P = 0.040) or STZ (P = 0.0055). This was not seen during pollen exposure. STZ-activated lucigenin CL was also reduced before the season (P = 0.0027). The reduction was most evident in the group with asymptomatic rhinitis. In terms of eosinophil stimulation, IL-5 and RANTES were equally effective in allergic and nonallergic subjects, both before and during the pollen season.
CONCLUSIONS: Blood eosinophils from asymptomatic allergics may have a lower capacity to produce oxygen-free radicals than eosinophils from nonallergics.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1998. Vol. 53, no 12, 1162-1171 p.
allergic rhinitis, asthma, chemiluminescence, eosinophils
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-54263DOI: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.1998.tb03836.xPubMedID: 9930592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-54263DiVA: diva2:82172