New concepts in neuroinflammation: mast cells pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokine mediators.

A. Caraffa 1, C. Conti 2, C. D’Ovidio 3, C.E. Gallenga 4, L. Tettamanti 5, F. Mastrangelo 6, G. Ronconi 7, S.K. Kritas 8 and Pio Conti 9

1 Department of Pharmacology, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy

2 Department of Psychological, Health, and Territorial Sciences, University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy

3 Section of Legal Medicine, Department of Medicine and Aging Sciences, “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti–Pescara, Italy

4 Department of Biomedical Sciences and Specialist Surgery, Section of Ophthalmology, University of Ferrara, Italy

5 Department of Medical and Morphological Science, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy

6 Department of Medical Science and Biotechnology, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy

7 UOS Clinica dei Pazienti del Territorio, Policlinico Gemelli, Rome, Italy

8 Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece

9 Immunology Division, Postgraduate Medical School, University of Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy

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The activation of brain nociceptors and neurons may lead to neurogenic inflammation, an event that involves immune cells including mast cells (MCs). Microglia are similar to macrophages and secrete pro-inflammatory IL-1 family members and TNF. TNF is rapidly released (first 10 minutes from MC granules) and is subsequently secreted along with other pro-inflammatory cytokines with a new synthesis after several hours. MC-derived TNF is a very powerful pro-inflammatory cytokine which mediates sensitization of the meningeal nociceptors. Here, we report the involvement of MCs in neuroinflammation, the role of inflammatory cytokine IL-1 family members, and of TNF, as well as the potential inhibition of IL-37.

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