Basophils from patients with allergic asthma show a primed phenotype.


BACKGROUND IL-3, IL-5, and GM-CSF are not able to induce histamine release in purified basophils of nonallergic donors. However, we have recently found that preincubation with 2 micromol/L thapsigargin, which induces a rise in intracellular free calcium ions, renders human basophils extremely sensitive for IL-3, IL-5, or GM-CSF, leading to enhanced… (More)


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