Published in Anti-Infectives Week, November 1st, 2004
According to a study from Germany, "Recent evidence suggests that Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxins (SAEs) could modify airway disease by acting as superantigens, an immune response that can be monitored by detection of IgE antibodies to SAEs."
"We studied the expression of total IgE and specific IgE to SAEs using the Uni-CAP system in healthy controls, smokers without COPD and COPD patients. Only 1/10 controls (10%) and 1/16 smokers (6.3%) had IgE to SAEs compared to 7/18 patients with stable COPD (38.9%) and 21/54 patients with...
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