Recent Studies on the Structure and Function of Leucocytes and Macrophages

  • Zanvil A. Cohn


In this article we will review selected aspects of the physiology of granulocytes and macrophages as related to the formation of cytoplasmic organelles, endocytic activity and the process of intracellular digestion. Both cell types, which are richly endowed in digestive enzymes, have as their primary role the uptake and degradation of exogenous molecules. Although the overall picture of the function of these cells was described by Metchnikoff it is only in the past decade that the detailed mechanisms have been examined.


Cytoplasmic Organelle Acid Hydrolase Secondary Lysosome Electron Dense Matrix Secondary Granule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zanvil A. Cohn
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  1. 1.The Rockefeller UniversityNew York CityUSA

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