Send to

Choose Destination
Eur J Immunol. 1989 Dec;19(12):2251-6.

Mast cell stimulation by monoclonal antibodies specific for the Fc epsilon receptor yields distinct responses of arachidonic acid and leukotriene C4 secretion.

Author information

Department of Chemical Immunology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.


The release of arachidonic acid ([3H]AA) and leukotriene C4 (LTC4) from the rat mucosal mast cells of the RBL-2H3 line stimulated by Fc epsilon receptor-specific monoclonal antibodies (mAb), by IgE and multivalent antigen, or by Ca2+ ionophores, was investigated. In parallel, secretion of the granular enzyme beta-hexosaminidase was also assayed. The release of [3H]AA and LTC4 in response to stimulation by three Fc epsilon RI-specific mAb shows similar quantitative differences to those observed for the secretion of granule-stored mediators. The mAb F4 induced a substantial release of both [3H]AA and LTC4, which is as high as that induced by IgE and multivalent antigen. mAb J17 and H10 were found to induce an insignificant release of [3H]AA, but while J17 did induce release of LTC4, H10 failed to induce it, even though both J17 and H10 caused substantial release of beta-hexosaminidase. Ca2+ ionophores were found to be relatively more effective in inducing release of [3H]AA and LTC4 than in causing the secretion of granular mediators, as compared to cell stimulation by Fc epsilon RI aggregation. These results illustrate that the cell responses of degranulation and de novo synthesis and release of mediators have different sensitivities to stimulation by (a) configurationally distinct Fc epsilon RI dimers, (b) Fc epsilon RI aggregates induced by IgE and multivalent antigen, and (c) Ca2+ ionophores.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center