Journal article

Downregulation of IgE antibody and allergic responses in the lung by epidermal biolistic microparticle delivery

M Kendall, TJ Mitchell, G Costigan, M Armitage, JC Lenzo, JA Thomas, C von Garnier, GR Zosky, DJ Turner, PA Stumbles, PD Sly, PG Holt, WR Thomas

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2006


BACKGROUND: Biolistic injections provide a needle-free delivery of antigen-laden microparticles to the epithelium. The precision of the injection preferentially targets the Langerhans cell network, which, although ideal for vaccination, might not be suitable for the downregulation of immune responses in immunotherapy. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the ability of biolistic injection of antigen into the epithelium of sensitized mice to inhibit IgE antibody and lung inflammatory responses produced by further exposure to antigen. METHODS: Mice were sensitized by means of a needle injection of ovalbumin (OVA) in alum and given a series of biolistic injections of OVA or vehicle control, follow..

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