Eosinophil survival and apoptosis in health and disease

Yong Mean Park, Bruce S. Bochner

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

117 Scopus citations


Eosinophilia is common feature of many disorders, including allergic diseases. There are many factors that influence the production, migration, survival and death of the eosinophil. Apoptosis is the most common form of physiological cell death and a necessary process to maintain but limit cell numbers in humans and other species. It has been directly demonstrated that eosinophil apoptosis is delayed in allergic inflammatory sites, and that this mechanism contributes to the expansion of eosinophil numbers within tissues. Among the proteins known to influence hematopoiesis and survival, expression of the cytokine interleukin-5 appears to be uniquely important and specific for eosinophils. In contrast, eosinophil death can result from withdrawal of survival factors, but also by activation of pro-apoptotic pathways via death factors. Recent observations suggest a role for cell surface death receptors and mitochondria in facilitating eosinophil apoptosis, although the mechanisms that trigger each of these death pathways remain incompletely delineated. Ultimately, the control of eosinophil apoptosis may someday become another therapeutic strategy for treating allergic diseases and other eosinophil-associated disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-101
Number of pages15
JournalAllergy, Asthma and Immunology Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Apoptosis
  • Eosinophils
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


Dive into the research topics of 'Eosinophil survival and apoptosis in health and disease'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this