Identification of cells mediating steroid-resistant asthmaCells that could possibly play an important role in some forms of steroid-resistant asthma, a complication of the condition that makes treatment even more challenging, have been identified by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Study’s senior author, Jay K. Kolls, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology at Children’s Hospital, remarked that the identification of a lineage of cells called as T Helper Type 17 (Th17) could assist scientists in developing new treatments for exercising a better control on the disease.

The study was published in an issue of the Journal of Immunology.