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An innate link between obesity and asthma

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The concordant epidemics of asthma and obesity are both associated with inflammation, and obesity has been shown to be an independent risk factor for asthma. A new study in mice indicates that part of the immunological connection between obesity and asthma involves inflammasome activation and production of the cytokine interleukin-17 by innate lymphoid cells in the lung (pages 54–61).

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  1. Juan C. Celedón is in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology Pediatric Environmental Medicine Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

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  2. Jay K. Kolls is in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

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