Humoral Antibody Response to Cotton Dusts

Brian T. Butcher, Carol E. ONeil, Margaret A. Reed, John E. Diem, and Gil Sharon


Preliminary results of our studies of workers in cotton and synthetic textile mills, using aqueous extracts of specific mill and standard dust, showed that reaginic antibodies occurred in workers from both types of mills. Workers with these antibodies were primarily atopic individuals. These findings, together with previously reported results, suggest that immunologic reactivity, possibly to contaminants in the dust, may be important in cotton dust induced respiratory disease.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1983 Beltwide Cotton Dust Conference pp. 19 - 21
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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