, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 603–612 | Cite as

Adhesive effect of certain cytokines and other perturbants on human neutrophils

  • James D. Ogle
  • J. Greg Noel
  • R. Michael Sramkoski
  • Cora K. Ogle
Original Articles


Pretreatment of normal human neutrophils with certain cytokines and other mediators caused some of the cells to become adhesive and stick to the plastic (polypropylene) incubation tubes during pretreatment and during the assay for phagocytosis of C3b·IgG-coated microspheres. Often as much as 40% of the cells were adherent to the tubes after the reaction. This sticking of the neutrophils to the plastic tubes was confirmed by increase in cytometer sipping time and by lactic dehydrogenase assay of the suspended cells and of the cells stuck on the sides of the empty incubation tubes. Only those perturbants that caused an up-regulation of C3b receptors (CR1, CD35) and in most cases caused an enhancement of phagocytosis mediated the adhesiveness of the cells. Unless these stuck cells were detached by vigorous flushing with cold buffer containing EDTA, many of the cells were not admitted into the cytometer for determination of the effect of the perturbants on binding and phagocytic capacity of the neutrophils. This observation could have implications regarding the possibility of subpopulations of neutrophils and differences in function of adherent cells versus cells in suspension. In the cases studied there was no appreciable difference between the total binding and phagocytic capacities of the adherent and suspended cells.


Internal Medicine EDTA Suspended Cell Polypropylene Lactic Dehydrogenase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. Ogle
    • 1
    • 3
  • J. Greg Noel
    • 3
  • R. Michael Sramkoski
    • 3
  • Cora K. Ogle
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and MicrobiologyUniversity of Cincinnati Medical CenterCincinnati
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Cincinnati Medical CenterCincinnati
  3. 3.Shriners Burns Institute Cincinnati UnitCincinnati

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