Mast Cell-Specific Genes as New Drug Targets

  • Hirohisa Saito
Part of the Allergy Frontiers book series (ALLERGY, volume 6)


Mast cells play a central role in immediate hypersensitivity, chronic inflammation, and tissue remodeling in asthma and allergies. Several attempts to clarify the pathogenesis of allergic diseases have been carried out using functional genomics such as microarray technology, providing us some novel biomarkers for diagnosis, therapeutic targets or understanding pathogenic mechanisms of these diseases. In this chapter, the outcomes of these analyses by the microarray approach are reviewed by focusing on the identification of genes specifically or preferentially expressed by human mast cells.


Mast Cell Airway Smooth Muscle Allergy Clin Immunol Airway Remodel Human Mast Cell 
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  1. 1.Department of Allergy and ImmunologyNational Research Institute for Child Health and DevelopmentSetagaya, TokyoJapan

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