View Full Version : Study finds blocking a protein aids prevention of eczema

12-22-2008, 08:18 PM
A new study of mice released by the Boston Children's Hospital on Dec 15 suggests that blocking a protein IL-21R could prevent atopic dermatitis.

In the study, expression of IL-21R and IL-21 was increased in affected skin from patients with atopic dermatitis and in mouse skin subjected to irritation. The importance of this was highlighted by the observation that mice lacking IL-21R and normal mice treated with a molecule that blocks the IL-21/IL-21R interaction did not develop inflammation resembling atopic dermatitis after skin irritation and exposure to an allergen.

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