Vibrio vulnificus protease (VVP) stimulated histamine release from isolated mast cells in a dose- and temperature-dependent manner within a range of 0.2-4.0 μg/0.5 ml. Histamine release was accompanied by degranulation, and no leakage of lactate dehydrogenase from cells was observed, indicating that the histamine release was not due to cytolysis but to exocytosis. This release, completed within 30 s at 37°C, suggested that the mechanism of action of VVP on mast cells is different from that of other proteases, such as trypsin or α-chymotrypsin, which release histamine from the cells slowly.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||FEMS Microbiology Letters|
|Publication status||Published - May 1986|
- vascular permeability
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology