The in vivo effect of isocyanate-induced asthma on basophil histamine release

S. Kivity*, V. Veintrov, E. Fireman, O. Agami, Y. Lerman

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In vitro studies have suggested that basophils are involved in the asthmatic response to isocyanate. Classified by the type of airway response, three groups of patients exposed to isocyanate were studied: 1) nonreactive (n=3), 2) immediate responders (n=4), and 3) late responders (n=4). Basophil histamine release to concanavalin A (conA), FMLP, and anti-IgE was evaluated before and during the airway response. Histamine release significantly (P=0.009 for conA and 0.03 for anti-IgE) increased after exposure to isocyanate only in the group which had late bronchial response. Additionally, good correlation was found between baseline FEV1/FVC% and degree of histamine release of basophils stimulated with conA. These findings support a role for basophils in the late asthmatic response to isocyanate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-410
Number of pages4
JournalAllergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998


  • Basophil
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Isocyanate


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