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June 27, 2023

Eosinophils Can Defend and Destruct

Eosinophils, a subset of white blood cells, play a pivotal role in immune responses, particularly against allergies, asthma, and parasitic infections, while also helping maintain immune balance. However, an elevated eosinophil count can lead to tissue damage and disrupt homeostasis.

While primarily known for their role in parasitic infections and type-II immune responses, eosinophils also impact many physiological processes such as metabolism, glucose homeostasis, and tissue repair. 

High levels of eosinophils are associated with allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases, some cancers, and metabolic syndrome, while low levels are seen in corticosteroid therapy, Cushing’s disease, acute bacterial infections, and most viral infections.

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