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Acta oto-laryngologica

Preseasonal prophylactic treatment with antihistamines suppresses IL-5 but not IL-33 mRNA expression in the nasal mucosa of patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis caused by Japanese cedar pollen.


PMID 22216765

Abstract

These findings suggest that the down-regulation of interleukin (IL)-5 gene expression in collaboration with the suppression of histamine H(1) receptor (H1R) gene expression in the nasal mucosa provides the basis for better therapeutic effects of preseasonal prophylactic treatment with antihistamines in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis caused by Japanese cedar pollen. The effects of prophylactic administration of antihistamines on the expression of IL-5 and IL-33 mRNA in the nasal mucosa of the patients with pollinosis were investigated. Eight patients had already visited the hospital before the peak pollen period and started preseasonal prophylactic treatment with antihistamines. Seventeen patients who first visited the hospital during the peak pollen period were designated as the no treatment group. After local anesthesia, nasal mucosa was obtained by scraping the inferior concha with a small spatula during the peak pollen period. During the peak pollen period, the expression of IL-5 mRNA, but not that of IL-33 mRNA, in the nasal mucosa of patients receiving preseasonal prophylactic treatment with antihistamines was significantly lower in comparison with that of patients without treatment. Moreover, there was a significant correlation between the expression of IL-5 mRNA and the nasal symptoms or the expression of H1R mRNA.

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