Potential effector and immunoregulatory functions of mast cells in mucosal immunity


Mast cells (MCs) are cells of hematopoietic origin that normally reside in mucosal tissues, often near epithelial cells, glands, smooth muscle cells, and nerves. Best known for their contributions to pathology during IgE-associated disorders such as food allergy, asthma, and anaphylaxis, MCs are also thought to mediate IgE-associated effector functions… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/mi.2014.131


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