Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4701-1

This term describes the so-called immunoglobulin E, which is the least abundant immunoglobulin, that is present in mammals and which is involved in allergic responses as well as in the immune reactions against different parasites. If mast cells or basophil cells recognize the allergen, mast cell degranulation occurs. Depending on the different sites, the allergic reaction may lead to urticaria, angioedema, asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, or even to anaphylaxis.


Immune Reaction Mast Cell Allergic Reaction Allergic Response Mast Cell Degranulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany