Mast cells (or mast cells or heparinocytes) are mainly located in connective tissue or along blood capillaries. They are similar to basophilic granulocytes – they have granules with heparin (hence heparinocytes) and histamine in their cytoplasm and receptors for IgE on their surface. They are used in allergic reactions and inflammatory processes.
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- ŠVÍGLEROVÁ, Jitka. Žírné buňky [online]. [cit. 2010-11-9]. <https://web.archive.org/web/20160306065550/http://wiki.lfp-studium.cz/index.php/Žírné_buňky>.