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The well-fed cell chronicles: sneezes, worms, venoms & pain
Devavani Chatterjea, Associate Professor of Biology, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Mast cells (Mastzellen (well-fed cells) from the German) first described by Paul Ehrlich in the 1870s have long been notorious for their dramatic release of histamine that contributes to allergies and anaphylaxis. In recent years, a much more nuanced view of their function and evolutionary importance has emerged with our increased understanding of their roles in many physiological and pathological processes. Our laboratory studies the contributions of mast cells to protective pain responses and also to chronic pain provoked by repeated exposure to environmental allergens. My talk will focus on the role allergen exposures may play in the underlying pathology of vulvodynia - a surprisingly prevalent yet understudied chronic pain condition in women of reproductive age.