Journal article

Microbial exposure, interferon gamma gene demethylation in naive T-cells, and the risk of allergic disease

PJ Vuillermin, A-L Ponsonby, R Saffery, ML Tang, JA Ellis, P Sly, P Holt

ALLERGY | WILEY | Published : 2009


The period of immune programming during early life presents a critical window of opportunity for the prevention of allergic diseases. There is mounting evidence that inappropriate immune programming may involve disruption of specific epigenetic modifications (switches) at immune-related genes. This novel area of research has great potential, as epigenetic changes are known to be sensitive to environmental factors and may therefore provide a mechanistic link for the observed association between specific environmental cues, faulty immune development, and the risk of allergic disease. In addition, the dynamic and potentially reversible nature of epigenetic modifications offers potentially novel..

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