mastocyte


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Noun1.mastocyte - a large connective tissue cell that contains histamine and heparin and serotonin which are released in allergic reactions or in response to injury or inflammation
connective tissue - tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments
somatic cell, vegetative cell - any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells; a cell that does not participate in the production of gametes; "somatic cells are produced from preexisting cells";
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In experimental studies, platelet aggregation, mastocyte degranulation and histamine secretion have been shown to occur after trigeminal ganglion stimulation (2).
The protein can be IgE; IgE fragment; IgE Fc fragment; antibody against IgE receptor of mastocytes and basophils; fragment of the antibody against the IgE receptor of mastocytes and basophils; antibody against mastocyte specific potassium channel; and mast cell degranulating peptide.
Review of the literature has suggested that serum tryptase may be considered as a new marker of the instability of atheromatous plaque with regard to the existence of mastocytes in heart tissue.