Periostin: its role in asthma and its potential as a diagnostic or therapeutic target

Respir Res. 2015 May 17;16(1):57. doi: 10.1186/s12931-015-0218-2.


Accumulating evidence shows that periostin, a matricellular protein, is involved in many fundamental biological processes such as cell proliferation, cell invasion, and angiogenesis. Changes in periostin expression are commonly detected in various cancers and pre-cancerous conditions, and periostin may be involved in regulating a diverse set of cancer cell activities that contribute to tumorigenesis, cancer progression, and metastasis. Periostin has also been shown to be involved in many aspects of allergic inflammation, such as eosinophil recruitment, airway remodeling, development of a Th2 phenotype, and increased expression of inflammatory mediators. In an in vivo model, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid obtained from ovalbumin-challenged mice was found to contain significantly higher levels of periostin compared to BAL samples from control mice. To date, the molecular mechanisms involving periostin in relation to asthma in humans have not been fully elucidated. This review will focus on what is known about periostin and its role in the pathophysiological mechanisms that mediate asthma in order to evaluate the potential for periostin to serve as a biomarker and therapeutic target for the detection and treatment of asthma, respectively.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Asthma / blood*
  • Asthma / diagnosis*
  • Asthma / drug therapy
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / physiology*
  • Drug Delivery Systems* / trends
  • Humans


  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents
  • Biomarkers
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • POSTN protein, human