At the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, scientists have discovered something interesting about Asthma. The researchers believe they have isolated a protein that when missing or depleted can cause airway constriction. Not only that, the protein can also effect the production of mucus, chest tightness and breathing.

With this new discovery, scientists hope to advance the treatment of asthma even further. The protein identified as SPUNC1 was measured in asthmatic volunteers. The researchers found that the protein levels were lower in patient with asthma. They were then able to determine that the protein could regulate contraction of the airway.

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