Early Childhood Exposure to Farm Animals and Pets Modifies Immunological Responses

cowRecent research findings from the University of Eastern Finland have indicated that growing up on a traditional farm will help protect children from the development of atopic diseases.

The exposure to farm animals in their early childhood helps to modify key allergy related immunological mechanisms. The study has offered new insights into the role of dendritic cells, which are the antigen-presenting cells and help to regulate the responses of the adaptive immune cells, as well as cytokine production in allergic reactions.

Accrding to Heidi Kaario, the Decreased TNF responses and proportions of dendritic cells after short-term lipopolysaccharide stimulation in farm-exposed children may reflect tolerogenic immune mechanisms.

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