Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_4701

This term describes the so-called immunoglobulin E, which is the least abundant immunoglobulin, that is present in mammals and which is involved in allergic responses as well as in the immune reactions against different parasites. If mast cells or basophil cells recognize the allergen, mast cell degranulation occurs. Depending on the different sites, the allergic reaction may lead to  urticaria,  angioedema, asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, or even to  anaphylaxis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany