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Resuscitation. 2002 Feb;52(2):127-41.

L-selectin in health and disease.

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Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Shatin, People's Republic of China.


This article reviews recent advances in the knowledge of the role of L-selectin, an adhesion molecule that is expressed on the surface of circulating leucocytes, in animal and human physiology and pathophysiology. After a brief discussion on nomenclature and structure, it progresses through the evidence for expression and regulation of L-selectin, cell collection and purification, physiological function and roles. The special role of knock out mice and monoclonal antibodies in determining a role for L-selectin in inflammatory states is described before proceeding to discuss the importance of L-selectin ligands and shed L-selectin. A second section describes a role for L-selectin in pathophysiological states in animals and man, with special reference to trauma, systemic inflammatory syndromes and sepsis. The review concludes with a summary of the potential role of anti-inflammatory medication and L-selectin blockers in the management of inflammation.

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