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WAO Medical Book Review

Mast Cells and Basophils: Development, Activation and Roles in Allergic/Autoimmune Disease
By: Novartis Foundation

List price: $145.00 USD
Available from: Wiley

Reviewer:
Mark C. Glaum, MD, PhD
University of South Florida College of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Immunology

Description:
This book reviews the most recent research on the role of mast cells and basophils in allergic and autoimmune diseases. Topic reviews are followed by discussion among international experts in mast cell and basophil biology.

Purpose:
The purpose is to provide basic researchers or clinicians with a concise, timely review of the factors and mechanisms regulating the growth, differentiation and function of mast cells and basophils. This is en ever-evolving field, therefore periodic updates in this area are needed. Emphasis is placed on new technologies used to study mast cell and basophil function, and attention is focused on how basic scientific observations can be translated into possible therapeutic applications.

Audience:
Discussion is targeted to researchers and clinicians who have an interest in mast cell and basophil biology. Specialists most likely to use this book include allergists, clinical immunologists, rheumatologists, and dermatologists. Clinical and research fellows will also find it to be an excellent review of basic mechanisms of mast cell and basophil growth, differentiation, and activation.

Features:
Each chapter is presented in the format of a topic review, which is followed by specific discussion of the topic among seminar panelists. A general discussion of the presented material is included every 3 to 5 chapters. The topics include: development of mast cells and basophils, IgE-mediated activation of mast cells and basophils, mechanisms of exocytosis, non-IgE-mediated activation and modulation of mast cells and basophils, description of mediators including those that are lipid-derived, proteases, proteoglycans and cytokines. Each chapter is well referenced and participant and subject indexes are included. The compact size of the book makes transport manageable.

Assessment:
This is an excellent review of current research in mast cell and basophil biology. The discussion sections provide unique insight from world-recognized experts in the field. This is an excellent resource for clinicians or basic scientists with an interest in mast cells and related diseases.