Mechanisms of eosinophil recruitment and activation

Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2002 Mar;2(2):107-16. doi: 10.1007/s11882-002-0005-2.


The role of the eosinophil in the pathophysiology of allergy and asthma has been the focus of intense interest during the last two decades. While the presence of eosinophils in humans with allergy and asthma is well established, the precise role of this cell in humans and in animal models is less clear. However, recent developments in research on many organ systems have provided novel insights into the possible underlying role of the eosinophil in both allergic and nonallergic inflammation. This review examines the pathways associated with eosinophil recruitment and activation and discusses these findings, with reference to clinically defined categories.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Asthma / immunology
  • Asthma / physiopathology
  • Cell Degranulation / physiology
  • Cell Movement / physiology
  • Eosinophils / physiology*
  • Humans