The relevance of murine animal models to study the development of allergic bronchial asthma

Immunol Cell Biol. 1996 Apr;74(2):209-17. doi: 10.1038/icb.1996.30.


Bronchial asthma (BA) develops on the basis of a genetic predisposition and involves a characteristic sequence of changes in immune functions. In the immunopathogenesis, several phases can be distinguished: the initial stage is defined as the development of allergic sensitization. This step is dependent on: (i) T cell activation; (ii) IL-4 production; (ii) IgE synthesis; and (iv) mediator release by effector cells. The second phase of allergic inflammation as a consequence of the T cell dependent sensitization is characterized by IL-5 production and eosinophil activation and recruitment. Airway mucosa remodelling is the consequence of chronic inflammatory processes and represents the final stage of BA. In this article animal models will be discussed with regard to their relevance for these different phases in development of chronic allergic BA.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, Dermatophagoides
  • Asthma / immunology*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Glycoproteins / immunology
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity / immunology
  • Hypersensitivity, Immediate / immunology
  • Immunoglobulin E / immunology
  • Interleukin-5 / immunology
  • Mice


  • Antigens, Dermatophagoides
  • Glycoproteins
  • Interleukin-5
  • Immunoglobulin E