Journal article

Mast cells express 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1: a role in restraining mast cell degranulation.

Agnes E Coutinho, Jeremy K Brown, Fu Yang, David G Brownstein, Mohini Gray, Jonathan R Seckl, John S Savill, Karen E Chapman

PLoS One | Published : 2013


Mast cells are key initiators of allergic, anaphylactic and inflammatory reactions, producing mediators that affect vascular permeability, angiogenesis and fibrosis. Glucocorticoid pharmacotherapy reduces mast cell number, maturation and activation but effects at physiological levels are unknown. Within cells, glucocorticoid concentration is modulated by the 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (11β-HSDs). Here we show expression and activity of 11β-HSD1, but not 11β-HSD2, in mouse mast cells with 11β-HSD activity only in the keto-reductase direction, regenerating active glucocorticoids (cortisol, corticosterone) from inert substrates (cortisone, 11-dehydrocorticosterone). Mast cells from 11β-H..

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