Mast cells: not only in allergy.

  title={Mast cells: not only in allergy.},
  author={Ido Bachelet and Francesca Levi-Schaffer and Yoseph A. Mekori},
  journal={Immunology and allergy clinics of North America},
  volume={26 3},
The past decade has confronted us with a striking abundance of novel findings regarding the roles of mast cells in immune responses in health and disease. Newly developed models and techniques have enabled clear-cut dissection of the mast cell contribution in these settings. We now understand that mast cells possess critical effector functions not only within the traditional context of allergic reactions. It is likely that mast cells played pivotal roles in primitive immune systems, yet these… CONTINUE READING