Normal and deficient neutrophils can cooperate to damage Aspergillus fumigatus hyphae

John H. Rex, John E. Bennett, John I. Gallin, Harry L. Malech, David A. Melnick

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Using a metabolic test of hyphal viability, the interaction between neutrophils and Aspergillus hyphae was investigated over a broad range of hyphae-to-neutrophil ratios. Normal neutrophils were found to damage hyphae whereas neutrophils from patients with both chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) deficiency did not. Further, both azide and catalase + superoxide dismutase inhibited the ability of normal neutrophils to damage hyphae, suggesting that this damage is mediated by products of the respiratory burst and by the MPO-halide system. Also, mixtures of small numbers of normal neutrophils with larger numbers of CGD neutrophils (range, 1:5 to 1:15) damaged hyphae more efficiently than either population of cells alone. Further, mixtures of CGD and MPO-deficient neutrophils, neither of which alone could efficiently damage hyphae, were able to damage the hyphae almost as well as a comparable number of normal neutrophils. These data demonstrate that intact neutrophils can cooperate to synergistically damage Aspergillus hyphae, possibly by extracellular mixing of hydrogen peroxide and MPO.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-528
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume162
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Aspergillus fumigatus
Hyphae
Neutrophils
Chronic Granulomatous Disease
Peroxidase
Aspergillus
Respiratory Burst
Azides
Catalase
Hydrogen Peroxide
Superoxide Dismutase

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  • Immunology

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Rex, J. H., Bennett, J. E., Gallin, J. I., Malech, H. L., & Melnick, D. A. (1990). Normal and deficient neutrophils can cooperate to damage Aspergillus fumigatus hyphae. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 162(2), 523-528.

Normal and deficient neutrophils can cooperate to damage Aspergillus fumigatus hyphae. / Rex, John H.; Bennett, John E.; Gallin, John I.; Malech, Harry L.; Melnick, David A.

In: Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 162, No. 2, 08.1990, p. 523-528.

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Rex, JH, Bennett, JE, Gallin, JI, Malech, HL & Melnick, DA 1990, 'Normal and deficient neutrophils can cooperate to damage Aspergillus fumigatus hyphae', Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 162, no. 2, pp. 523-528.
Rex JH, Bennett JE, Gallin JI, Malech HL, Melnick DA. Normal and deficient neutrophils can cooperate to damage Aspergillus fumigatus hyphae. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1990 Aug;162(2):523-528.
Rex, John H. ; Bennett, John E. ; Gallin, John I. ; Malech, Harry L. ; Melnick, David A. / Normal and deficient neutrophils can cooperate to damage Aspergillus fumigatus hyphae. In: Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1990 ; Vol. 162, No. 2. pp. 523-528.
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