Journal article

Phagocytosis of apoptotic neutrophils does not induce macrophage release of thromboxane B2.

LC Meagher, JS Savill, A Baker, RW Fuller, C Haslett

J Leukoc Biol | Published : 1992

Abstract

Senescent human neutrophils undergo programmed cell death (apoptosis), leading to their recognition and phagocytosis by mature macrophages. At inflamed sites in vivo these processes may represent a neutrophil removal mechanism with the potential to limit the histotoxic capacity of these cells. Phagocytosis can provoke marked proinflammatory responses by macrophages. A macrophage proinflammatory response to the ingestion of apoptotic neutrophils would limit the efficacy of this neutrophil removal mechanism as a component of inflammatory resolution. In the present study we examined two macrophage proinflammatory responses; secretion of the granule enzyme N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminidase (NAG) a..

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