Effects of skin-chamber fluids from human allergic reactions on neutrophil activation

Kaoru Sato, Burton Zweiman, Anne R. Moskovitz, Carolyn von Allmen, Andrew Lane, Paul C. Atkins

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We have found activated neutrophils (PMNs) in skin chambers overlying the site of ongoing human allergic reactions. To determine whether this activation is due to component(s) released early in these IgE-mediated reactions, we investigated the in vitro effects of skin chamber fluids (CF) on resting blood PMNs. These skin CF had been previously obtained, at different time periods, at pollen-antigen-challenged or buffer-control-challenged sites in sensitive human subjects. PMNs incubated with CF obtained during the first hour of antigen challenge (first-hour CF) generated significantly more superoxide (O2-) than spontaneous production (p<0.001) and more than PMNs incubated with first-hour buffer-site CF (p<0.002). A pattern similar to O2- generation was observed in lactoferrin secretion during the incubation of the three cell aliquots described above (p<0.001). After these incubations, the subsequent responsiveness of the PMNs present in the cell buttons to opsonized zymosan, a PMN activator, was assessed. PMNs previously incubated with first-hour CF generated significantly more net O2- in response to opsonized zymosan than did PMNs previously incubated with first-hour buffer-site CF (p<0.001) or buffered saline (p<0.001). Again, a similar difference in the patterns of net lactoferrin secretion was observed (p<0.02). These events were not associated with PMN damage. Analogous studies with CF previously obtained during the second- to first-hour of antigen or buffer challenge stimulated much less than first-hour CF. We conclude that one or more components released early in IgE-mediated skin reactions can activate PMNs. The nature of the activating component(s) is unknown, with no evidence of activation by histamine, antigen, or other components found to date in first-hour CF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-31
Number of pages11
JournalThe Journal of allergy and clinical immunology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Allergic skin reaction
  • lactoferrin
  • neutrophil activation
  • skin chambers
  • superoxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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