I know that it decreases the amount of leucotrienes in blood. I saw a patient with high IgE altough under Montelukast medication. This suggests me that Montelukast does not affect the immunoglobulins, but somehow restrict the allergic reaction indirectly.

What is the effect of Montelukast on the amount of IgE in blood?


I was interested in this question because I have always been a little confused about allergic responses, so I did some rather superficial research (i.e. I looked at some Wikipedia pages). As far as I can see there is no reason to think that Montelukast will have any effect upon IgE levels.

Montelukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist. It is used to treat allergies and asthma.

Leukotrienes are lipid signalling molecules that are used by cells to regulate immune responses. One role of leukotrienes is to promote contractions in the smooth muscles lining the bronchioles. If they are over-produced they can cause inflammation in the airways leading to symptoms of asthma. Since leukotrienes act through a receptor, an antagonist of that receptor such as montelukast can reduce their effect.

IgE is involved in allergic responses because it interacts with Fc receptors on the surface of certain cells such as mast cells. If the IgE molecules are associated with one another through Ig-antigen interactions this leads to clustering of the Fc receptors which triggers an intracellular signalling pathway leading to mast cell degranulation - the release of histamine by fusion of storage vesicles with the cell membrane (i.e. exocytosis). Histamine causes constriction of the bronchioles via effects on smooth muscle, just like leukotrienes.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your work and clear answer! It is interesting to note that HIV virus leads to clustering of CD4+ cells so total CD4 cell count decreases. Here, Fc receptors cluster (IgE interaction) so all total count of Fc cells decrease. - So histamine can interact with Fc receptors and cluster Fc cells, like leukotrienes. $\endgroup$ – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 May 10 '14 at 18:56

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