Concluding Remarks

  • Ann M. Dvorak
Part of the Blood Cell Biochemistry book series (BLBI, volume 4)


I have reviewed similarities and differences of secretion and recovery models of basophils and mast cells. Important new information and possible new research directions have been identified. Basophils and mast cells, although closely related cells functionally, developmentally, and morphologically, are sufficiently distinctive by ultrastructural criteria that they can be reliably identified despite the morphologically complex phenotypes imposed on them by developmental and functional programs. Morphological rules for the distinction between basophils and mast cells show sufficient interspecies homology to allow the usage of these rules in other species than those discussed in this book.


Mast Cell Vesicular Transport Functional Program Human Mast Cell Release Reaction 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann M. Dvorak
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  1. 1.Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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