The high affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI) expression and function in airway smooth muscle

Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2013 Feb;26(1):86-94. doi: 10.1016/j.pupt.2012.04.004. Epub 2012 May 8.


The airway smooth muscle (ASM) is no longer considered as merely a contractile apparatus and passive recipient of growth factors, neurotransmitters and inflammatory mediators signal but a critical player in the perpetuation and modulation of airway inflammation and remodeling. In recent years, a molecular link between ASM and IgE has been established through Fc epsilon receptors (FcεRs) in modulating the phenotype and function of these cells. Particularly, the expression of high affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI) has been noted in primary human ASM cells in vitro and in vivo within bronchial biopsies of allergic asthmatic subjects. The activation of FcεRI on ASM cells suggests a critical yet almost completely ignored network which may modulate ASM cell function in allergic asthma. This review is intended to provide a historical perspective of IgE effects on ASM and highlights the recent updates in the expression and function of FcεRI, and to present future perspectives of activation of this pathway in ASM cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Airway Remodeling / immunology
  • Animals
  • Asthma / immunology
  • Asthma / physiopathology
  • Gene Expression
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin E / immunology
  • Inflammation / immunology*
  • Inflammation / pathology
  • Muscle, Smooth / cytology
  • Muscle, Smooth / immunology
  • Muscle, Smooth / metabolism
  • Myocytes, Smooth Muscle / immunology
  • Myocytes, Smooth Muscle / metabolism*
  • Receptors, IgE / genetics*
  • Receptors, IgE / immunology


  • Receptors, IgE
  • Immunoglobulin E