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Immunobiology. 1994 Oct;191(4-5):474-7.

Adhesion molecules mediating recruitment of monocytes to inflamed tissue.

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Microbiology and Tumorbiology Center, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.


Three families of cell-surface proteins are largely responsible for the adherence of leukocytes to cells and matrices: integrins, immunoglobulin (Ig)-related molecules and selectins. Blood monocytes express beta 1 integrins VLA-4, -5 and -6 and beta 2 integrins CD11a/CD18, CD11b/CD18 and CD11c/CD18. These cells also express the Ig-related molecules ICAM-1, -2 and -3, ligands for the beta 2 integrins. In addition, monocytes express L-selectin and the oligosaccharides Lex and sialyl Lex, ligands for the endothelial selectins E- and P-. In vitro studies with blocking antibodies have identified adhesion molecules participating in the adherence of monocytes to one another, to T lymphocytes and to vascular endothelial cells. These antibodies also block adhesion-dependent monocyte activities, such as cytotoxicity of tumor cells, antigen presentation, phagocytosis of large particles, induction of cytokine secretion, formation of multinucleated giant cells and HIV-induced syncytium formation. In vivo studies in animals have demonstrated participation of L-selectin and CD11b/CD18 in monocyte accumulation in inflamed peritoneum. Moreover, treatment with anti-CD11b antibodies potentiates primary listeriosis and inhibits the macrophage recruitment and granuloma formation, and anti-CD18 antibodies block ear swelling in Mycobacterium tuberculosis-immunized animals following challenge with PPD. Adhesion molecules may also play key roles in the pathogenesis of tuberculosis and AIDS.

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