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Research Interests

Local immunity in the airway; airway epithelial cell biology; mast cell biology; the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis. A long-recognized property of airway epithelial cells is their function as a complex physical barrier that defends against exposure to potentially harmful inhaled substances and microbial pathogens. It is now clear that airway epithelial cells also regulate both innate and adaptive immunity through production of functional molecules and via physical interactions with immune cells. Our laboratory is focused on the role of epithelial cytokines including BAFF, TSLP and IL-1 family cytokines in the initiation and activation of airway inflammation. Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sinuses and upper airways that affects over 20 million Americans. Current medications have variable efficacy and over 250,000 surgical procedures are performed annually in the United States on patients who failed maximal medical therapy. Our laboratory investigates the pathogenesis of CRS. We are currently focused on the role of epithelial cells and inflammatory cells including B cells, T cells, macrophages, eosinophils, mast cells and innate lymphoid cells in patients with CRS.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Kochi Medical School

… → 2004

Research interests

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Cytokines
  • Gene Regulation
  • Immunology
  • Inflammation
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Signal Transduction

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Grants 2009 2024

Natural History
Longitudinal Studies
Natural History
Longitudinal Studies

Research Output 2003 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
Galectin 2
Eosinophil Cationic Protein

Group 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells in Airway Diseases

Kato, A., Jul 1 2019, In : CHEST. 156, 1, p. 141-149 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

5 Citations (Scopus)
Nasal Polyps
thymic stromal lymphopoietin
10 Citations (Scopus)

IL-10, TGF-β and glucocorticoid prevent the production of type 2 cytokines in human group 2 innate lymphoid cells

Ogasawara, N., Poposki, J. A., Klingler, A. I., Tan, B. K-H., Weibman, A. R., Hulse, K. E., Stevens, W., Peters, A. T., Grammer III, L. C., Schleimer, R. P., Welch, K. C., Smith, S. S., Conley Jr, D. B., Raviv, J. R., Soroosh, P., Akbari, O., Himi, T., Kern, R. C. & Kato, A., Mar 1 2018, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 141, 3, p. 1147-1151.e8

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Transforming Growth Factor beta
4 Citations (Scopus)

Short-chain fatty acids induce tissue plasminogen activator in airway epithelial cells via GPR41&43

Imoto, Y., Kato, A., Takabayashi, T., Sakashita, M., Norton, J. E., Suh, L. A., Carter, R. G., Weibman, A. R., Hulse, K. E., Stevens, W., Harris, K. E., Peters, A. T., Grammer III, L. C., Tan, B. K-H., Welch, K. C., Conley Jr, D. B., Kern, R. C., Fujieda, S. & Schleimer, R. P., May 1 2018, In : Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 48, 5, p. 544-554 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Volatile Fatty Acids
Tissue Plasminogen Activator
Epithelial Cells
Nasal Polyps
Gene Silencing