Targeting eosinophils in allergy, inflammation and beyond.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Nature reviews. Drug discovery, Volume 12, Issue 2, p.117-29 (2013)


Animalsdigestive disease, digestive deseases Eosinophilsdigestive disease, digestive deseases Humansdigestive disease, digestive deseases Hypersensitivitydigestive disease, digestive deseases Inflammationdigestive disease, digestive deseases Molecular Targeted Therapy


Eosinophils can regulate local immune and inflammatory responses, and their accumulation in the blood and tissue is associated with several inflammatory and infectious diseases. Thus, therapies that target eosinophils may help control diverse diseases, including atopic disorders such as asthma and allergy, as well as diseases that are not primarily associated with eosinophils, such as autoimmunity and malignancy. Eosinophil-targeted therapeutic agents that are aimed at blocking specific steps involved in eosinophil development, migration and activation have recently entered clinical testing and have produced encouraging results and insights into the role of eosinophils. In this Review, we describe recent advances in the development of first-generation eosinophil-targeted therapies and highlight strategies for using personalized medicine to treat eosinophilic disorders.