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Researchers have discovered a protein (macrophage inflammatory protein-1a) in the eye that plays a key part in the initial stages of an allergic response. This protein is found in the conjunctiva which is a clear membrane covering the inner eyelid and surface of the eye ball. This leads to the possibility of developing a drug that blocks the protein from binding to the receptor and thus inhibiting eye allergies and perhaps even other allergies. The treatments currently available simply treat the symptoms rather than the cause, are ineffective or cause side effects such as glaucoma or cataracts. The discovery of the protein has already led to trials of possible effective drug treatments.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by HealthDay News
About: Eye allergy response caused by a newly discovered protein
Date: 13 January 2005
Source: HealthDay News
Author: Robert Preidt
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