Basophil releasability was studied in 24 cord blood samples from normal-term deliveries. The histamine content in cord blood basophils was similar to that of adult blood basophils. The response to IgE-independent degranulating stimuli such as calcium ionophore A23187 and zymosan-activated human serum was overlapping with that of normal adults. Conversely, a reduced releasability was observed after challenge with anti-IgE, even after sensitization with an IgE-rich serum. The IgE-dependent degranulation seems to be hampered by the low concentrations of circulating and cell-bound IgE antibodies. The number of IgE molecules bound to the specific receptors in cord blood basophils is significantly lower than in adult blood basophils.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||International Archives of Allergy and Applied Immunology|
|Publication status||Published - 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy