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Mast Cell Tryptase Levels in Gut Mucosa in Patients with Gastrointestinal Symptoms Caused by Food Allergy.
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PMID:  23183101     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background and Aims: Mast cells, which are important effector cells in food allergy, require a special histologic treatment for quantification in endoscopic gastrointestinal samples. The objective of this study was to investigate whether mast cell tryptase (T), a typical mast cell-associated marker, may help to detect patients with food allergy. Methods: Mast cell T was investigated from 289 colorectal samples of 73 controls, 302 samples from 43 patients with food allergy and gastrointestinal symptoms, and 72 samples from 12 patients with partial or complete remission of allergic symptoms. Endoscopically taken samples were immediately put into liquid nitrogen, mechanically homogenized by a micro-dismembrator with three homogenization steps and tissue T content (ng T/mg wet weight) was measured by fluoroenzyme immunoassay. Results: Tissue T levels from the lower gastrointestinal tract were significantly elevated (p < 0.0001) in patients with manifest gastrointestinal allergy (median: 55.7, range: 9.3-525.0) compared with controls (median: 33.5, range: 8.0-154.6). A subgroup of 12 patients with remission of allergy showed markedly decreased symptom scores and mucosal T levels after more than 1 year of antiallergic therapy (pretreatment median: 54.1, range: 37.0-525.0 and posttreatment median: 28.4, range: 19.8-69.1; p = 0.01). Conclusions: High T levels in the gut of food-allergic patients support the role of stimulated mast cells or an increased mast cell number.
A F Hagel; T Derossi; Y Zopf; P Konturek; W Dauth; J Kressel; E G Hahn; M Raithel
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  International archives of allergy and immunology     Volume:  160     ISSN:  1423-0097     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. Arch. Allergy Immunol.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9211652     Medline TA:  Int Arch Allergy Immunol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  350-355     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Medicine I, Functional Tissue Diagnostics, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany.
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