This meeting took place in 2004

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Mast Cells in Physiology, Host Defense and Disease: Beyond IgE (C5)

Organizer(s) Melissa A. Brown, K. Frank Austen and Stephen J. Galli
February 28—March 4, 2004
Sagebrush Inn & Suites • Taos, New Mexico USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 28, 2003
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Early Registration Deadline: Dec 29, 2003

Sponsored in part by the Director's Sponsor Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Mast cells are critical effector cells in acute allergic reactions. In this setting, mast cell activation by antigen-dependent cross-linking of high affinity receptors for IgE (FcepsilonRI) induces the release of preformed molecules (such as histamine), as well as the synthesis and release of cytokines, chemokines, growth factors, leukotrienes and prostaglandins. However, mast cell functions can also be elicited by immune complexes, complement products, neuropeptides, cytokines and ligands of toll-like receptors. Accordingly, the proven or potential functions of mast cells include diverse, IgE-independent roles in host defense and disease (including autoimmune or cardiovascular disorders) as well as in physiological processes, such as regulation of epithelial barrier function and modulation of nerve function. This conference will assess what is currently known about the roles of mast cells and will consider how our understanding can be advanced by the application of new technologies and approaches to analyze and manipulate mast cell function.

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