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Mast cells are connective tissue resident cells with morphological and functional characteristics that contribute to their role in allergic and inflammatory processes, host defense and maintenance of tissue homeostasis. Mast cell activation results in the release of pro-inflammatory mediators which are largely responsible for the physiological functions of mast cells. The lectin ArtinM, extracted from Artocarpus heterophyllus (jackfruit), binds to D-manose, thus inducing degranulation of mast cells. ArtinM has several immunomodulatory properties including acceleration of wound healing, and induction of cytokine release. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of ArtinM in the activation and proliferation of mast cells. The rat mast cell line RBL-2H3 was used throughout this study. At a low concentration (0.25μg/mL), ArtinM induced mast cell activation and the release of IL-6 without stimulating the release of pre-formed or newly formed mediators. Additionally, when the cells were activated by ArtinM protein tyrosine phosphorylation was stimulated. The low concentration of ArtinM also activated the transcription factor NFkB, but not NFAT. ArtinM also affected the cell cycle and stimulated cell proliferation. Therefore, ArtinM may have therapeutic applications by modulating immune responses due to its ability to activate mast cells and promote the release of newly synthesized mediators. Additionally, ArtinM could have beneficial effects at low concentrations without degranulating mast cells and inducing allergic reactions.
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A family of neutral serine proteases with TRYPSIN-like activity. Tryptases are primarily found in the SECRETORY GRANULES of MAST CELLS and are released during mast cell degranulation.
A family of neutral serine proteases with CHYMOTRYPSIN-like activity. Chymases are primarily found in the SECRETORY GRANULES of MAST CELLS and are released during mast cell degranulation.
Granulated cells that are found in almost all tissues, most abundantly in the skin and the gastrointestinal tract. Like the BASOPHILS, mast cells contain large amounts of HISTAMINE and HEPARIN. Unlike basophils, mast cells normally remain in the tissues and do not circulate in the blood. Mast cells, derived from the bone marrow stem cells, are regulated by the STEM CELL FACTOR.
The process of losing secretory granules (SECRETORY VESICLES). This occurs, for example, in mast cells, basophils, neutrophils, eosinophils, and platelets when secretory products are released from the granules by EXOCYTOSIS.
A form of systemic mastocytosis (MASTOCYTOSIS, SYSTEMIC) characterized by the presence of large numbers of tissue MAST CELLS in the peripheral blood without skin lesions. It is a high-grade LEUKEMIA disease with bone marrow smear of >20% MAST CELLS, multi-organ failure and a short survival.
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