Enhanced generation of helper T type 1 and 2 chemokines in allergen-induced asthma

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004 May 15;169(10):1118-24. doi: 10.1164/rccm.200312-1659OC. Epub 2004 Mar 4.


Allergen-induced asthma is characterized by airway eosinophilia and recruitment of helper T (Th) Type 2 lymphocytes. We hypothesized that lymphocyte-associated chemokines contribute to allergen-induced airway inflammation. Sixteen subjects with asthma were phenotyped according to their response to inhaled antigen as single- or dual-phase responders, and then underwent bronchoscopy and segmental allergen bronchoprovocation. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluids were obtained before and 48 hours after segmental challenge with allergen to determine the cellular response and patterns of Th1 and Th2 chemokines and cytokines. Airway cells, cytokines, and lymphocyte-associated chemokines increased after segmental challenge. Th2 chemokines (thymus and activation-regulated chemokine, macrophage-derived chemokine) correlated with airway eosinophils and concentrations of interleukin-5 and -13. In contrast, airway lymphocytes correlated with both Th2 and Th1 (monokine-induced by IFN-gamma, IFN-gamma-inducible protein-10) chemokines. Notably, when subjects were analyzed according to the presence of a late-phase response, concentrations of both types of lymphocyte-associated chemokines were significantly greater in subjects with a dual-response phenotype. Our findings suggest that both Th2 and Th1 chemokines may be involved in allergen-induced airway inflammation. However, asthma subjects with a dual-responder phenotype have greater generation of chemokines that may lead to enhanced airway inflammation and obstruction after allergen exposure.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Allergens / adverse effects*
  • Asthma / immunology*
  • Asthma / metabolism
  • Bronchial Hyperreactivity / diagnosis
  • Bronchial Provocation Tests
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid / cytology
  • Chemokines / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Probability
  • Prospective Studies
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Sampling Studies
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sputum / cytology
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Th1 Cells / immunology*
  • Th2 Cells / immunology*


  • Allergens
  • Chemokines