Rat peritoneal mast cells in vitro released [3H]-serotonin in the presence of halide (I-), myeloperoxidase (MPO), and a H2O2-generating system. The degranulation was partly inhibited with low concentrations of bovine serum albumin (BSA; 0.1–l% w/v), or polyethyleneglycols (PEG 600 or PEG 6000, 0.1% w/v). Furthermore, PEG 600 and PEG 6000 enhanced the stabilization achieved with 0.1% BSA. The results may provide a new aspect on antigenicity of PEG-modified allergens, and on mast-cell response at an inflammatory site.

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