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Microbes Infect. 2003 Nov;5(14):1307-15.

Oxidative killing of microbes by neutrophils.

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Sanquin Research at CLB, and Landsteiner Laboratory, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Plesmanlaan 125, 1066 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Neutrophils and other phagocytic leukocytes contain a phagocyte NADPH oxidase enzyme that generates superoxide after cell activation. Reactive oxygen species derived from superoxide, together with proteases liberated from the granules, are used to kill ingested microbes. Dysfunction of the phagocyte NADPH oxidase results in chronic granulomatous disease, with life-threatening infections.

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