Vonakis BM, Vasagar K, Gibbons SP Jr, Gober L, Sterba PM, Chang H et al.Basophil FcepsilonRI histamine release parallels expression of Src-homology 2-containing inositol phosphatases in chronic idiopathic urticaria. J Allergy Clin Immunol 119:441-448

Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Impact Factor: 11.48). 03/2007; 119(2):441-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2006.09.035
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Basophils are implicated in the pathogenesis of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). Autoantibodies to the IgE receptor (FcepsilonRI) and serum histamine releasing activity have been detected in some subjects with CIU, although their role in vivo is unclear. Basophils of patients with CIU have altered FcepsilonRI-mediated histamine release (HR); however, the mechanism is unknown. In the basophil FcepsilonRI signaling pathway, protein levels of Src-homology 2-containing-5'-inositol phosphatase (SHIP)-1 are inversely correlated with the release of mediators or releasability. A related phosphatase, SHIP-2, is a negative regulator of monocyte IgG receptor (FcgammaR) signaling . We hypothesized that SHIP levels are altered in CIU basophils.
Blood basophils were isolated from cold urticaria, CIU, or normal donors, and FcepsilonRI-dependent and independent HR were quantified. Protein levels of SHIP-1, SHIP-2, spleen tyrosine kinase, and phosphorylated Akt were determined by Western blotting. Subjects' serum was tested for serum histamine releasing activity and anti-FcepsilonRIalpha antibodies.
CIU basophils displayed a bimodal response to anti-IgE activation. One half of CIU subjects' basophils had reductions in anti-IgE-induced HR and were designated nonresponders (CIU NR). CIU NR basophil HR remained diminished at 10-fold to 30-fold higher doses of anti-IgE. CIU anti-IgE responder basophils had HR similar to normal subjects. SHIP-1 and SHIP-2 proteins were increased in CIU NR basophils and were linked to reduced phosphoAkt after anti-IgE stimulation. CIU basophil anti-IgE response was not related to the presence of serologic factors.
In CIU basophils, the observed changes in FcepsilonRI signaling pathway molecule expression may underlie changes in releasability.
Patients with CIU can be segregated on the basis of basophil functional phenotype.

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    • "Src homology 2 (SH2) containing inositol phosphatases, SHIP-1 and SHIP-2, are negative regulators of signal propagation [30]. In chronic urticaria there is a shift in the paradigm of Syk dominated regulation of HR and unlike normal basophils altered levels of SHIP-1 and SHIP-2 correlate with the pattern of anti-IgE stimulated histamine release [31, 32]. "
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    • "Additional observations regarding pathogenesis include decreased responsiveness of patients basophils to rodent anti IgE due to elevated phosphatases,21 activation of the extrinsic coagulation cascade based on the presence of activated Factor VII, thrombin fragments, and fibrin split products,22,23 as well as elevated levels of metalloproteinase 924 and vascular endothelial cell growth factor. The relation to disease pathogenesis is unclear although the aforementioned basophil abnormality reverses upon urticaria-remission or successful therapy.25 "
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    • "We are the first group to show the negative association of the phosphatase, SHIP-1, with histamine release to HRF/TCTP in hyper releasing basophils.50 Variation of SHIP-1 levels has also been documented in a subset of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria, in which levels of SHIP-1 were increased and anti-IgE-induced histamine release was reduced.51 Thus, SHIP-1 levels appear to be altered in some human disease states. "
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