Mast cells in acute and chronic rejection of rat cardiac allografts--a major source of basic fibroblast growth factor.


BACKGROUND Studies of cardiac allograft arteriosclerosis, i.e., chronic rejection, have largely focused on mononuclear inflammatory cell infiltrates in the vascular wall and periphery of the occluded vessels. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of mast cells in the development of acute and chronic rejection in rat cardiac allografts… (More)