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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Genetic and biochemical evidence for a critical role of Janus kinase (JAK)-3 in mast cell-mediated type I hypersensitivity reactions.

We investigated the role of JAK3 in IgE receptor/FcepsilonRI-mediated mast cell responses. IgE/antigen induced degranulation and mediator release were substantially reduced with Jak3-/- mast cells from JAK3-null mice that were generated by targeted disruption of Jak3 gene in embryonic stem cells. Further, treatment of mast cells with 3'bromo-4'-hydroxylphenyl)-amino-6,7-dimethoxyquinazoline (WHI-P154), a potent inhibitor of JAK3, inhibited degranulation and proinflammatory mediator release after IgE receptor/ FcepsilonRI crosslinking. Thus, JAK3 plays a pivotal role in IgE receptor/ FcepsilonRI-mediated mast cell responses and targeting JAK3 may provide the basis for new and effective treatment as well as prevention programs for mast cell-mediated allergic reactions.[1]


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