Fred D. Finkelman, MD

Professor, OtherUC Department of Internal Medicine

UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-6656


Rheumatology; cytokine control of immune-mediated disorders and host protection against parasites, cytokine regulation of allergic disorders, cytokine regulation of lymphopoiesis; regulation of cytokine responses and mechanisms of lymphocyte activation and tolerance; anaphylaxis; transfusion-related acute lung injury

Dr. Finkelman's group’s contributions to immunology and medicine have focused on the use of mouse models of normal and abnormal immune function. They have included the initial demonstrations that: 1) IL-4 is required for induction of IgE responses in vivo, IFN-γ promotes the induction of IgG2a responses in vivo, and IL-12 suppresses IgE responses in vivo; 2) IL-4, IL-13, IL-4Rα, and Stat6 are required for host protection against intestinal worms, and protect predominantly through effects on intestinal epithelial cells, including induction of RELMβ; 3) inflammatory stimuli are required to induce dendritic cells to present antigen in a stimulatory, rather than a tolerogenic fashion; 4) complement and macrophages are required for development of murine transfusion-related acute lung injury; 5) rapid desensitization with anti-FcεRIα monoclonal antibody is a safe and effective way to rapidly suppress IgE-mediated disorders; and 6) immunoglobulin isotypes that are relatively ineffective in the induction of antibody effector mechanisms protect against inflammatory disease. 

In addition, his group has developed three important in vivo techniques: 1) the use of anti-IgD antibodies to stimulate polyclonal B cell and T cell activation and antibody secretion; 2) the use of cytokine/anti-cytokine monoclonal antibody complexes to induce long-lasting increases in cytokine effects; and 3) the in vivo cytokine capture assay for measurement of in vivo cytokine secretion.

BA: Queens College, Queens, NY, 1967.
MD: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CN, 1971.
Residency: Internal Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CN.
Fellowship: Laboratory of Immunology, NIAID, NIH, Bethesda, MD.
Fellowship: Rheumatology, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX.
Certification: Internal Medicine, 1976; Rheumatology, 1980.

Khodoun MV, Strait R, Armstrong L, Yanase N, Finkelman FD. Identification of markers that distinguish IgE- from IgG-mediated anaphylaxis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Jul 26;108(30):12413-8.

Strait RT, Mahler A, Hogan S, Khodoun M, Shibuya A, Finkelman FD. Ingested allergens must be absorbed systemically to induce systemic anaphylaxis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Apr;127(4):982-9.e1.

Perkins C, Yanase N, Smulian G, Gildea L, Orekov T, Potter C, Brombacher F, Aronow B, Wills-Karp M, Finkelman FD. Selective stimulation of IL-4 receptor on smooth muscle induces airway hyperresponsiveness in mice. J Exp Med. 2011 Apr 11;208(4):853-67.

Brandt EB, Munitz A, Orekov T, Mingler MK, McBride M, Finkelman FD, Rothenberg ME. Targeting IL-4/IL-13 signaling to alleviate oral allergen-induced diarrhea. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Jan;123(1):53-8.

Herbert Herbert DR, Orekov T, Roloson A, Ilies M, Perkins C, O'Brien W, Cederbaum S, Christianson DW, Zimmermann N, Rothenberg ME, Finkelman FD. Arginase I suppresses IL-12/IL-23p40-driven intestinal inflammation during acute schistosomiasis. J Immunol. 2010 Jun 1;184(11):6438-46.

DR, Yang JQ, Hogan SP, Groschwitz K, Khodoun M, Munitz A, Orekov T, Perkins C, Wang Q, Brombacher F, Urban JF Jr, Rothenberg ME, Finkelman FD. Intestinal epithelial cell secretion of RELM-beta protects against gastrointestinal worm infection. J Exp Med. 2009 Dec 21;206(13):2947-57.

Morris SC, Heidorn SM, Herbert DR, Perkins C, Hildeman DA, Khodoun MV, Finkelman FD. Endogenously produced IL-4 nonredundantly stimulates CD8+ T cell proliferation. J Immunol. 2009 Feb 1;182(3):1429-38.

Khodoun M, Strait R, Orekov T, Hogan S, Karasuyama H, Herbert DR, Köhl J, Finkelman FD. Peanuts can contribute to anaphylactic shock by activating complement. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Feb;123(2):342-51.

Forbes EE, Groschwitz K, Abonia JP, Brandt EB, Cohen E, Blanchard C, Ahrens R, Seidu L, McKenzie A, Strait R, Finkelman FD, Foster PS, Matthaei KI, Rothenberg ME, Hogan SP. IL-9- and mast cell-mediated intestinal permeability predisposes to oral antigen hypersensitivity. J Exp Med. 2008 Apr 14;205(4):897-913.

Phelan JD, Orekov T, Finkelman FD. Cutting edge: mechanism of enhancement of in vivo cytokine effects by anti-cytokine monoclonal antibodies. J Immunol. 2008 Jan 1;180(1):44-8.