Macrophage Functional Heterogeneity

  • William S. Walker
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 155)


Macrophages are ubiquitous in mammalian tissues where they participate in such vital processes as homeostasis (1,2), the secretion of chemical mediators (3), the development of immune competence (4,5), the regulation of immune induction (6), and as effector cells in certain expressions of efferent immunity (7). It is now evident that macrophages are not uniformly capable of all these functions; indeed, evidence accumulated over the past several years shows that populations of macrophages, like populations of lymphocytes, are functionally heterogeneous.


Alveolar Macrophage Tumoricidal Activity Phagocytosis Assay Splenic Macrophage Immune Induction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William S. Walker
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  1. 1.Division of ImmunologySt. Jude Children’s Research HospitalMemphisUSA

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