A comparative study of different methods for the assessment of apoptosis and necrosis in human eosinophils.
GM Walsh, G Dewson, AJ Wardlaw, F Levi-Schaffer, R Moqbel
Journal of Immunological Methods | Published : 1998
Eosinophils, prominent cells in asthmatic inflammation, undergo apoptosis or programmed cell death following deprivation of contact with survival-promoting cytokines such as IL-5 and GM-CSF. The aim of this study was to assess a number of techniques for the quantification of apoptosis in human eosinophils cultured with or without IL-5 or GM-CSF and following staurosporine treatment. The relationship between apoptosis and necrosis in eosinophils was also determined. Eosinophils 'aged' in vitro for 48 h exhibited endonuclease DNA degradation, apoptotic morphology, increased red autofluorescence and externalisation of phosphatidylserine (PS) as assessed by binding of FITC-labelled annexin V. An..View full abstract