Complement-induced granulocyte aggregation in vivo

D. E. Hammerschmidt, P. D. Harris, J. Wayland, P. R. Craddock, H. S. Jacob

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Previous studies from our laboratories have demonstrated that granulocytes (PMNs), when exposed to activated complement (C) (specifically C5a), will aggregate and be provoked to damage cultured endothelial cells in vitro; it was postulated that these phenomena might also occur in vivo, constituting a previously unsuspected mechanism of immune tissue damage. The studies here presented confirm by intravital microscopy that PMN aggregation and leukoembolization in fact occur in live animals when C is activated or C5a is infused, and that these are accompanied by extravasation of plasma proteins in a pattern suggesting endothelial damage. It is concluded that altered microvascular behavior of PMNs is a possible pathogenetic mechanism in disease states associated with C activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-150
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1981


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