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Nat Protoc. 2006;1(4):2178-83.

Culture of human mast cells from peripheral blood progenitors.

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Department of Allergy and Immunology, National Research Institute for Child Health and Development, 2-10-1 Okura, Setagaya-ku 157-8535, Tokyo, Japan.


This protocol details a method for obtaining a considerable number of human mast cells from peripheral blood cells from normal donors without using stem cell mobilization treatment. By using the magnetic cell sorting system, 10(4)-10(5) cells are retrieved in the CD34+ fraction when 100 ml of blood is drawn from a healthy donor. When these cells are cultured using methylcellulose medium supplemented with stem cell factor and interleukin 6, 10(3)-10(4) mast cell colonies are formed in 6 weeks. The total mast cell number at 6 weeks of culture will be 10(6)-10(7).

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