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Enzyme May Play Unexpected Role in Asthma

 
  June, 24 2003 13:56
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In a finding that could have important implications for the millions of Americans who suffer from asthma, researchers funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have discovered novel sets of genes possibly involved in the disease. Their study has also revealed what the scientists believe is a key role for the enzyme arginase in causing asthmatic symptoms. The research, led by Marc E. Rothenberg, M.D., Ph.D., of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, opens the possibility of developing new anti-asthma drugs to block arginase activity.

For more information, go to: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

CONTACT:
NIAID Office of Communications and Public Liaison
(301) 402-1663


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