Neutrophils and immunity: challenges and opportunities.

TitleNeutrophils and immunity: challenges and opportunities.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsNathan C
JournalNat Rev Immunol
Date Published2006 Mar
KeywordsAnimals, Antigens, CD43, Calcium, Humans, Immunity, Neutrophils, Peroxidase, Signal Transduction, Wound Healing

Scientists who study neutrophils often have backgrounds in cell biology, biochemistry, haematology, rheumatology or infectious disease. Paradoxically, immunologists seem to have a harder time incorporating these host-defence cells into the framework of their discipline. The recent literature discussed here indicates that it is appropriate for immunologists to take as much interest in neutrophils as in their lymphohaematopoietic cousins with smooth nuclei. Neutrophils inform and shape immune responses, contribute to the repair of tissue as well as its breakdown, use killing mechanisms that enrich our concepts of specificity, and offer exciting opportunities for the treatment of neoplastic, autoinflammatory and autoimmune disorders.

Alternate JournalNat. Rev. Immunol.
PubMed ID16498448

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