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The father of natural immunity, as Siamon described him, is credited with the discovery that antimicrobial defence requires the specific recruitment of specialized cells, the phagocytes, which are able to kill and eat potential pathogens. The larger of these specialized cells in mammals, the macrophages or big eaters are the subject of this review.
My interest in macrophages started during my PhD, which included a year spent at the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg in the late s. This Institute was directed by its founder, Professor Otto Westphal, a pioneer in understanding the biochemistry of bacterial lipopolysaccharides LPSalso known as endotoxins, which initiate much of the pathology of septicaemia.
We now know that LPS acts on macrophages to initiate a cascade of inflammatory processes that are essential for innate immunity.
I was subsequently fortunate to spend a critical time with Siamon Gordon at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford, another organization with an important history at the centre of the development of antibiotics.
This review is a synthesis of reviews of macrophage biology that I have written over the past 20 years. With apologies to colleagues in the field, the review makes no attempt to provide comprehensive referencing, and refers exclusively to reviews by others for further reading where appropriate.
For further information, go to www. Monocytes are recruited into tissues in response to a very wide range of stimuli, with slower and rather distinct kinetics from the short-lived granulocytes.
The older literature considered that they were derived from mesenchymal cells, and shared biology with endothelial cells, leading to the widespread use of the term reticuloendothelial system RES. It was only in the s that it became clear that inflammatory and tissue macrophages derived ultimately from bone marrow progenitors.
The concept of the mononuclear phagocyte system MPS was promoted by van Furth, Cohn and colleagues in the late s and early s. The MPS was defined as a family of cells that includes committed precursors in the bone marrow, circulating blood monocytes and tissue macrophages in every organ in the body.
Until the early s, macrophages resident within tissues, generally referred to as histiocytes, were recognized largely based upon morphology and location, notably the presence within them of the evidence of previous bouts of phagocytosis.
With the advent of monoclonal antibody technologies, numerous anti-macrophage antibodies were produced that bound selectively to surface antigens on macrophages of multiple species. Gordon S, Taylor PR. Monocyte and macrophage heterogeneity.
The mononuclear phagocyte system.
Differentiation and heterogeneity in the mononuclear phagocyte system. The database at www. One of the most striking things that emerged from these studies was the very large numbers of macrophages within tissues; they may well be the most numerous single cell type in the body, and the extensive ramification of processes throughout the tissues.
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