Stephen Galli

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  • Mast cells: Versatile regulators of inflammation, tissue remodeling, host defense and homeostasis JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGICAL SCIENCE Galli, S. J., Tsai, M. 2008; 49 (1): 7-19


    The possible roles of mast cells in heath and disease have been a topic of interest for over 125 years. Many adaptive or pathological processes affecting the skin or other anatomical sites have been associated with morphological evidence of mast cell activation, and/or with changes in mast cell numbers or phenotype. Such observations, taken together with the known functions of the diverse mediators, cytokines and growth factors which can be secreted by mast cells, have suggested many potential functions for mast cells in health and disease. Definitively identifying the importance of mast cells in biological responses in humans is difficult. However, mutant mice which are profoundly mast cell-deficient, especially those which can undergo engraftment with wild-type or genetically altered mast cells, provide an opportunity to investigate the importance of mast cells, and specific mast cell functions or products, in various adaptive or pathological responses in mice. Such work has shown that mast cells can significantly influence multiple features of inflammatory or immune responses, through diverse effects that can either promote or, surprisingly, suppress, aspects of these responses. Through such functions, mast cells can significantly influence inflammation, tissue remodeling, host defense and homeostasis.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jdermsci.2007.09.009

    View details for Web of Science ID 000252523500003

    View details for PubMedID 18024086

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