1415: Traits of Cutaneous Mast Cell Phenotype and Function Associated with Predisposition to Canine Atopic Dermatitis
Grant Status: Closed
Project SummaryIn this study, researchers found different function and appearance in mast cells of dogs with atopic dermatitis (AD). This finding supports the hypothesis that there is a genetic basis for AD that can be defined with further work, though the genetic component of the issue is most assuredly complex. AD in dogs causes chronically relapsing itchy, inflamed skin, resulting in a miserable dog. The study provided the basis for continued research that will help scientists understand the mechanisms of the increased mast cell activity, with the eventual goal of developing a test that can be given to puppies to determine their risk of developing allergic dermatitis in the future. Such a test could help breeders make decisions about the breeding potential of puppies, and arm owners with information that could help them prevent or slow the onset of allergies.
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Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.