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Global warming may cause spike in asthma, allergy symptoms

Alternaria alternata is a fungus that produces spores in the dry, warm weather of late summer and early fall.

The researchers analyzed the exposed cells to determine the effects of fungal exposure on permeability properties and barrier function of the epithelium.

'However, prolonged exposure [to Alternaria] leads to disruption of epithelial barrier function that would ultimately reduce mucociliary clearance,' the researchers wrote.

'These results suggest that continuing increases in atmospheric CO2 associated with global climate change will increase both the level of Alternaria exposure and antigenicity [the ability to produce an immune response] of spores that come in contact with the airways.'

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