Some academic research groups are using antifungal agents in asthma, with some success, Umetsu notes. In the future, he would like to target NKT cells in patients with severe asthma if a successful targeting method could be found.
The paper's first author was Lee Albacker, PhD, of the Division of Immunology at Boston Children's Hospital, who worked on the study as a graduate student in the Immunology Program at Harvard University. Coauthors were Vinod Chaudhary, PhD, and Paul Savage, PhD, of Brigham Young University, and Ya-Jen Chang, PhD, Hye Young Kim, PhD, Ya-Ting Chuang, PhD, Muriel Pichavant, PhD, Rosemarie DeKruyff, PhD, of Boston Children's Hospital.
The study was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (grants RO1AI026322, RC1HL099839 and R21AI083523) and by the Bunning Food Allergy Project.
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