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Berlin, Germany

Guhl S.,Universitdtsmedizin Berlin | Artuc M.,Universitdtsmedizin Berlin | Neou A.,Universitdtsmedizin Berlin | Babina M.,Universitdtsmedizin Berlin | Zuberbier T.,Universitdtsmedizin Berlin
Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry | Year: 2011

Human skin mast cells proliferated in the presence of interleukin (IL)-4+SCF (expanding 18-fold in 8 weeks) and acquired profound responsiveness towards high affinity IgE receptor (FceRI) cross-linking, liberating about 75 % of their histamine. In a proof-of-concept, we found that these cells are useful for pharmacological testing. Even a subtle inhibition of degranulation can be visualized. This model might prove valuable in tests of novel anti-allergic drugs.

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