Characterization of inflammatory mediator release from purified human lung mast cells

R. P. Schleimer, D. W. Macglashan, S. P. Peters, R. N. Pinckard, N. F. Adkinson, L. M. Lichtenstein

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The release of inflammatory mediators (histamine, PGD2, TxB2 and LTC4) from purified human lung mast cells was characterized by kinetic and anti-IgE dose-response parameters. The relative rate of mediator release was histamine > PGD2 = TxB2 > LTC4, with one half maximal release occurring at approximately 2, 5, and 10 min, respectively. In 2 experiments, stimulation with anti-IgE caused significant quantities of platelet-activating factor (PAF) to appear rapidly (2 min) in the cell pellet; cell-associated PAF declined to low levels by 45 min. The optimal concentration of anti-IgE for the release of the arachidonate cyclooxygenase metabolites PGD2 and TxB2 (0.3 μg/ml) was 10- to 30-fold less than that required for the release of histamine and LTC4 (3 to 10 μg/ml), suggesting that these release processes may have differential IgE Fc receptor cross-linking requirements. At optimal histamine release, the magnitude of the release of each arachidonate metabolite was found to correspond to the magnitude of histamine release, however, suggesting that the 2 processes are linked either in series or in parallel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)614-617
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Review of Respiratory Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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