phagocyte


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  • noun

Synonyms for phagocyte

a cell that engulfs and digests debris and invading microorganisms

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What can we find in nature to change the course so that phagocytes can operate as they were intended?
Before reinforcements arrive, macrophages and other immune cells located in the infection area and begin to phagocyte, cut into pieces called antigens.
Key players are the complement system and professional phagocytes.
Phagocytes (neutrophils, monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells) engulf extracellular pathogens and destroy them by intracellular killing mechanisms.
These changes are consistent with phagocyte activation and are likely associated with immune stimulation and enhanced disease resistance.
The phagocytes were prompted to release "extra-cellular traps" - net-like webs of DNAbased filaments embedded with anti-microbial molecules.
It has been well known that nutrients, such as proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals could affect phagocyte function (Fletcher et al.
Other phagocytosis tests can be applied to measure only bacterial degradation, but these methods are based on counting viable bacteria after phagocyte lysis and thus are costly in terms of time and effort (9).
Neutrophils are white blood cells and a type of phagocyte.
The ensuing events--involving the cascade of complement activation, phagocyte stimulation via Fc and C5a receptors, release of cytokines, metalloproteinases, and reactive oxygen species--ultimately result in the erosion of bone surrounding teeth and joints.
Reasons for an increased risk of bacterial infections in diabetic patients include hyperglycemic defects in phagocyte and T-lymphocyte function and vascular disease, which may lead to poor arterial flow to tissues.
They patrol spaces between cells, they float in lymph, and one phagocyte, called the macrophage--or Big Eater--is implicated in the MS myelin feeding frenzy.
Macrophage: A phagocyte residing in tissues throughout the body.