Vitamins and mast cells

Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2010 Oct-Dec;23(4):991-6. doi: 10.1177/039463201002300403.


The immune system is a highly complex, intricately regulated group of cells whose integrated function is essential to health. The mast cell inflammatory response is characterized by an early phase with massive discharge of mediators stored in cytoplasmic secretory granules. Through multigranular/compound exocytosis and a late phase that involves generation of arachidonic acid metabolites and de novo synthesis of cytokines/chemokines and growth factors. Vitamins have been shown to have a protective effect on the body's immune cells. Vitamin C and E are necessary in allergic disease treatment where mast cells are involved. In addition, ascorbic acid and pyridoxine are useful compounds for the treatment of inflammatory disorder of the respiratory airways. Here we revisited the inter-relationship between vitamins and mast cells.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Immune System / drug effects*
  • Mast Cells / drug effects*
  • Mast Cells / physiology
  • Vitamin B 6 / pharmacology
  • Vitamin D / pharmacology
  • Vitamin E / pharmacology
  • Vitamins / pharmacology*


  • Vitamins
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B 6