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Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on basophils and mast cells

Sudheer, Potteth, Hall, J. E., Donev, Rossen Mintchev, Read, G., Rowbottom, A. and Williams, Paul Eirian 2006. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on basophils and mast cells. Anaesthesia 61 (12) , pp. 1170-1174. 10.1111/j.1365-2044.2006.04870.x

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Anaphylaxis in response to drugs administered during anaesthesia is a rare but potentially catastrophic event. The anaesthetic drugs most commonly associated with anaphylaxis are neuromuscular blocking agents. As these drugs act on the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor of the neuromuscular junction, potentiation of anaphylaxis by a nicotinic receptor on basophils and mast cells is plausible. The aim of this study was to investigate whether nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are present on a human basophil and mast cell lines as their presence may suggest a mechanism of associated anaphylaxis. Nicotinic receptors were demonstrated on a basophil and a mast cell line using an α-bungarotoxin–fluorescein conjugate by flow cytometry and by both conventional and confocal microscopic techniques. The identity of this receptor was confirmed by reverse transcriptase PCR and quantitative PCR.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0003-2409
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2019 04:06

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