Mechanisms of mouse mast cell activation and inactivation for IgE-mediated histamine release.

The IgE-mediated histamine release from mouse mast cells requires Ca++, is optimal at 37 degrees C, and is enhanced by phosphatidylserine. The rate of release is relatively slow. The mast cells can be activated to release histamine by either anti-IgE or anti-Fab antibodies and, in the case of cells from sensitized mice, by the immunizing antigen. The… CONTINUE READING