Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Leukoc Biol. 2006 May;79(5):904-8. Epub 2006 Feb 14.

Regulation of phagocyte lifespan in the lung during bacterial infection.

Author information

Academics Units of Respiratory Medicine and Infectious Diseases, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.


The innate-immune response to infection is critically dependent on the antimicrobial actions of macrophages and neutrophils. Host and pathogen have evolved strategies to regulate immune-cell antimicrobial functions via alterations in cell death. Modulation of phagocyte death by bacteria is an important pathogenic mechanism. Host benefits of phagocyte apoptosis also exist, and understanding the mechanisms and consequences of apoptosis is essential before we can devise strategies to modulate this element of the innate-immune response to the host's benefit. This is of particular importance in an organ such as the lung, in which the balance between the need to recruit phagocytes to maintain bacterial sterility and the requirement to clear recruited cells from the alveolar units to preserve physiologic gas exchange must be finely tuned to ensure survival during bacterial infection. Apoptosis clearly plays a critical role in reconciling these physiological requirements.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Support Center