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Asthma: protein from parasitic worms suppresses allergic reactions

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh who tested the Heligmosomoides polygyrus Alarmin Release Inhibitor (HpARI) on mice hope findings will lead to using the protein as the basis for the treatment of asthma
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Researchers at the University of Edinburgh who tested the Heligmosomoides polygyrus Alarmin Release Inhibitor (HpARI) on mice hope findings will lead to using the protein as the basis for the treatment of asthma

A protein released from parasitic worms that can be used to limit asthma in people has been identified by researchers.

Carried out by the University of Edinburgh, researchers used mice to demonstrate the protein called Heligmosomoides polygyrus Alarmin Release Inhibitor (HpARI) suppresses the effects of allergic reactions, such as asthma.

People who live in countries where parasitic worms are common are less likely to have asthma. In South East Asia less than one in 20 people have asthma as diagnosed by a doctor, whereas in the UK one in 11 people have the condition.

Applied to human lungs

The study was conducted on male and

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