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Doctor of Philosophy


Integrative Life Sciences

First Advisor

John J Ryan, PhD

Second Advisor

Jennifer Stewart, PhD

Third Advisor

Daniel Conrad, PhD

Fourth Advisor

Robert Lee Franco, PhD

Fifth Advisor

Amanda Dickinson, PhD


Fluvastatin, the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor known for its role in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia and cardiovascular disease, has more recently been shown to play a role in the immune response. Given the critical role that mast cells play in allergy and inflammatory diseases such as asthma, which effects one third of America’s population, we assessed the effect of fluvastatin on mast cell and basophils function. We demonstrate that fluvastatin downregulated IgE-mediated cytokine production. Additionally, in vivo studies showed that fluvastatin suppressed IgE-mediated anaphylaxis. Interestingly, the effects of fluvastatin showed dependence on genetic background, as C57BL/6 mast cells were sensitive, while 129/Sv mast cells were resistant to fluvastatin. Characterizing the role of fluvastatin on mast cells may prove to be therapeutically important.


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