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Macrophages

  1. Christian Bogdan

Published Online: 24 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0004007

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How to Cite

Bogdan, C. 2006. Macrophages. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University Clinic of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2006

Abstract

Macrophages are an important component of the innate and adaptive immune system. Their ability to recognize, phagocytose and kill microbial pathogens is complemented by the production of a broad spectrum of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines.

Keywords:

  • macrophages;
  • phagocytosis;
  • receptors;
  • cytokines;
  • reactive oxygen intermediates;
  • reactive nitrogen intermediates