The quantity and duration of FcRgamma signals determine mast cell degranulation and survival.


Immunoglobulin E (IgE) bound to multivalent antigen (Ag) elicits mast cell degranulation but not survival; on the contrary, IgE in the absence of Ag (IgE(-Ag)) induces survival only but not degranulation. Although these distinct responses are mediated through the same receptor, FcepsilonRI, the molecular mechanism generating the divergence is largely… (More)

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