Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Asthma UK Clinical Chair



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Mr Christophe Tytgat +44 (0)20 7594 3849




343Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus






BibTex format

author = {Tang, HHF and Teo, SM and Belgrave, DCM and Evans, MD and Jackson, DJ and Brozynska, M and Kusel, MMH and Johnston, SL and Gern, JE and Lemanske, RF and Simpson, A and Custovic, A and Sly, PD and Holt, PG and Holt, KE and Inouye, M},
doi = {10.7554/eLife.35856.001},
journal = {eLife},
title = {Trajectories of childhood immune development and respiratory health relevant to asthma and allergy},
url = {},
volume = {7},
year = {2018}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Events in early life contribute to subsequent risk of asthma; however, the causes andtrajectories of childhood wheeze are heterogeneous and do not always result in asthma. Similarly,not all atopic individuals develop wheeze, and vice versa. The reasons for these differences areunclear. Using unsupervised model-based cluster analysis, we identified latent clusters within aprospective birth cohort with deep immunological and respiratory phenotyping. We characterisedeach cluster in terms of immunological profile and disease risk, and replicated our results inexternal cohorts from the UK and USA. We discovered three distinct trajectories, one of which is ahigh-risk ‘atopic’ cluster with increased propensity for allergic diseases throughout childhood.Atopy contributes varyingly to later wheeze depending on cluster membership. Our findingsdemonstrate the utility of unsupervised analysis in elucidating heterogeneity in asthmapathogenesis and provide a foundation for improving management and prevention of childhoodasthma.
AU - Tang,HHF
AU - Teo,SM
AU - Belgrave,DCM
AU - Evans,MD
AU - Jackson,DJ
AU - Brozynska,M
AU - Kusel,MMH
AU - Johnston,SL
AU - Gern,JE
AU - Lemanske,RF
AU - Simpson,A
AU - Custovic,A
AU - Sly,PD
AU - Holt,PG
AU - Holt,KE
AU - Inouye,M
DO - 10.7554/eLife.35856.001
PY - 2018///
SN - 2050-084X
TI - Trajectories of childhood immune development and respiratory health relevant to asthma and allergy
T2 - eLife
UR -
UR -
UR -
VL - 7
ER -