Protease profile of normal and neoplastic mast cells in the human bone marrow with special emphasis on systemic mastocytosis

Mast cells (MC) are immune cells that produce a variety of mediators, such as proteases, that are important in the body’s immune responses. MC proteases have pronounced multifunctionality and in many respects determine the biological characteristics of the organ-specific MC population. Although, increased numbers of MC are one of the objective mastocytosis signs, a detailed assessment of the proteases biogenesis and excretion mechanisms in the bone marrow (BM) has not yet been carried out. Here, we performed an analysis of the expression of proteases in patients with various forms of systemic mastocytosis. We presented data on intracellular protease co-localization in human BM MCs and discussed their implication in secretory pathways of MCs in the development of the disease. Systemic mastocytosis, depending on the course, is featured by the formation of definite profiles of specific proteases in various forms of atypical mast cells. Intragranular accumulation of tryptase, chymase and carboxypeptidases in the hypochromic phenotype of atypical mast cells is characterized. Characterization of MC proteases expression during mastocytosis can be used to refine the MC classification, help in a prognosis, and increase the effectiveness of targeted therapy. © 2021, The Author(s).

Atiakshin D. 1, 2 , Buchwalow I.3 , Horny P.4 , Tiemann M.3
Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
  • 1 Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • 2 Research Institute of Experimental Biology and Medicine, Voronezh N. N. Burdenko State Medical University, Voronezh, Russian Federation
  • 3 Institute of Hematopathology, Fangdieckstr. 75a, Hamburg, 22547, Germany
  • 4 Institute of Pathology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
Bone marrow; Carboxypeptidases; Chymase; Mast cells; Mastocytosis; Tryptase
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