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Imaging the neutrophil: Intravital microscopy provides a dynamic view of neutrophil functions in host immunity


Neutrophils are the first cellular responders of the immune system. They employ their impressive arsenal of microbicidal molecules to provide rapid and efficient defense against pathogens. However, the role of neutrophils extends far beyond microbial destruction to include tissue repair and remodeling, provision of signals to the adaptive immune system and body homeostasis. Intravital imaging has allowed the visualization of neutrophils in their native environment in both health and disease and provided crucial insights into their mechanisms of action. In the last few years the power of intravital imaging has been considerably extended by the introduction of photoconvertible proteins and intracellular signaling reporter mice. This review will highlight recent advances in our understanding of neutrophil biology based on the use of intravital microscopy to visualize their modus operandi in vivo including migration in and out of inflamed tissues, host-pathogen interactions and cell fate.

Type Journal
ISBN 1090-2163 (Electronic) 0008-8749 (Linking)
Authors Yam, A. O.; Chtanova, T.
Responsible Garvan Author Dr Tatyana Chtanova
Published Date 2020-04-01
Status Published in-print
DOI 10.1016/j.cellimm.2019.01.003
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