Osteoarthritis is associated with joint damage as shown in this illustration of a healthy knee and a damaged knee joint. Read more. [Credit: Bruce Blaus, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International]

Mast Cells Can Contribute to Joint Damage

New research shows that mast cells and the enzyme tryptase contribute to osteoarthritis.

Degranulation of mast cells causes the symptoms of allergic reactions. [Credit: Blausen.com staff (2014). “Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014”. WikiJournal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.010. ISSN 2002–4436.]

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