Degranulation of basophils and mast cells plays a central role in allergic reactions. Degranulation is a response to cell surface receptor aggregation caused by association of receptors with antibodies bound to multivalent antigens. Tools used in studying this process have included small-molecule divalent antigens, but they suffer from weak signaling apparently due to small aggregate size. We have prepared trivalent antigens that allow formation of larger aggregates and potent responses from mast cells.
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- Molecular Medicine