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Front Immunol. 2017 Jan 11;7:678. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2016.00678. eCollection 2016.

NETopathies? Unraveling the Dark Side of Old Diseases through Neutrophils.

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Laboratory of Molecular Hematology, Democritus University of Thrace , Alexandroupolis , Greece.
Laboratory of Molecular Hematology, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece; Department of Pathology, University General Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Alexandroupolis, Greece.
Department of Clinical Pathobiochemistry, Institute for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Technische Universität Dresden , Dresden , Germany.
Laboratory of Molecular Hematology, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece; First Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece.


Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) were initially described as an antimicrobial mechanism of neutrophils. Over the last decade, several lines of evidence support the involvement of NETs in a plethora of pathological conditions. Clinical and experimental data indicate that NET release constitutes a shared mechanism, which is involved in a different degree in various manifestations of non-infectious diseases. Even though the backbone of NETs is similar, there are differences in their protein load in different diseases, which represent alterations in neutrophil protein expression in distinct disorder-specific microenvironments. The characterization of NET protein load in different NET-driven disorders could be of significant diagnostic and/or therapeutic value. Additionally, it will provide further evidence for the role of NETs in disease pathogenesis, and it will enable the characterization of disorders in which neutrophils and NET-dependent inflammation are of critical importance.


autoimmunity; autoinflammation; neutrophil; neutrophil extracellular traps; thromboinflammation

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