Alloxan diabetes reduces pleural mast cell numbers and the subsequent eosinophil influx induced by allergen in sensitized rats.

Alloxan damages insulin-producing cells and has been used as an inducer of experimental diabetes in several animal species. In this study, administration of alloxan (40 mg/kg, i.v.) to rats was followed by a selective and time-dependent reduction in the number of pleural mast cells (50 +/- 2.2%, p < 0.01; mean +/- SEM), while mononuclear cell and eosinophil… CONTINUE READING