Mast Cells and Basophils: A Link Between Angiogenesis and Inflammation in Allergic Diseases

  • Domenico RibattiEmail author


The main histochemical difference between mast cells and basophils is their distinct metachromatic staining, which primarily reflects their different content of proteoglycans of cytoplasmic granules. For instance, chondroitin sulfates is present both in basophils and mast cells whereas heparin is detectable in mast cells exclusively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biomedical Sciences, Neurosciences and Sensory OrgansUniversity of BariBariItaly

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