IgE is found mainly in submucosal tissues where it is bound to mast cells and basophils.
The bridging of IgE molecules by antigen stimulates mast cell degranulation, and it is through this mechanism that IgE plays a role in the pathogenesis of immediate allergic anaphylactic reactions.
Causes of increased IgE levels include:
Causes of reduced IgE levels include:
Last reviewed 07/2019