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Maizels, R.M. (2016)
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Journal: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Infectious Diseases, Microbiology (medical)

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mesheuropmc: parasitic diseases
The profile of global health today presents a striking reciprocal distribution between parasitic diseases in many of the world’s lower-income countries, and ever-increasing levels of inflammatory disorders such as allergy, autoimmunity and inflammatory bowel diseases in the more affluent societies. Attention is particularly focused on helminth worm parasites, which are associated with protection from allergy and inflammation in both epidemiological and laboratory settings. One mechanistic explanation of this is that helminths drive the regulatory arm of the immune system, abrogating the ability of the host to expel the parasites, while also dampening reactivity to many “bystander” specificities. Interest has therefore heightened into whether helminth parasites, or their products, hold therapeutic potential for immunological disorders of the developed world. In this narrative review, progress across a range of trials is discussed, together with prospects for isolating individual molecular mediators from helminths that may offer defined new therapies for inflammatory conditions.

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