Die Funktion der Milz im Rahmen des RES

  • H. Noltenius

The Function of the Spleen as Part of the Reticulo-endothelial System


The spleen has a very important function as a part of the reticuloendothelial system. The special function of this organ is determined by its histological architecture, by the amount of reticuloendothelial cells and by the close contact between these cells and the lymphoid tissue.

The main task of the spleen is the defense of the organism against bacteria, toxic proteins and possibly tumor growths. The spleen participates in various metabolic processes and plays a role in the endocrine system.

New experimental results indicate that the reticuloendothelial system in general and the reticuloendothelial system of the spleen should not be considered a fixed system but thought of as a pool of active mesenchymal cells which can change their shape and function quickly.


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