Virchows Archiv B

, 34:13 | Cite as

Mast cell histamine, a local mitogen acting via H2-receptors in nearby tissue cells

  • Klas Norrby


The tissue mast cell is the major storage site of histamine in the body. The present study is concerned with the effect of one histamine H1- and one histamine H2-receptor antagonist on proliferation in the rat mesentery following drug-induced mast-cell secretion. The H2-receptor antagonist, but not the H1-receptor antagonist, significantly suppressed mast-cell-mediated proliferation in vivo and in organ-cultured mesentery. This finding indicates that mast-cell-histamine is a mitogen acting directly on histamine H2-receptors in surrounding tissue cells.

Key words

Mast-cell histamine Histamine H2-receptor Histamine antagonist Connective-tissue cells DNA synthesis Mitosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klas Norrby
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pathology II, Institute of Medical Microbiology and PathologyUniversity of LinköpingLinköpingSweden

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