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Who discovered Macrophages?

Ilya Mechnikoff was a russian developmental biologist who developed the theory of cellular immunity; studying the phagocytosis of bacteria and combating infection. He observed mobile cells in starfish after injury.


Describe a macrophage discovery timeline

1800- Mechnikoff discovery of phagocytes
1970s- mononuclear phagocyte system and classical activation of macrophages (T cells needed to signal to macrophages.)
1980s-macrophage heterogeneity shown to be in different subsets by monoclonal antibodies and specific markers (no one macrophage is similar to another. They are plastic.)
2003- Monocyte subsets shown by markers; 2 important subsets with different functions.
2008- A common precursor of monocytes and dentritic cells in vitro.
2012-Self-renewal of many tissue macrophages; Macrophages can divide and maintain their own cell numbers without monocyte input.
2014-Many tissue macrophages derived from yolk sac precursors and are long lived in tissues and self-renew themselves.


In what way are macrophages plastic cells?

They can turn genes on or off and acquire phenotypes depending on the conditions to mediate certain functions.


Dendritic cells

Important in antigen presentation but now considered part of the monophagocyte system


What defines macrophages? Summary of phagocyte function

They have a large cell size, mononuclear. Phagocytosis occurs when receptor binds to bacterium ligands, triggers a phagocytic cup (a small into the membrane) for engulfment. This is an energy dependent process that forms vacuole called a phagososme, which fused with lysosomes (containing proteases) forming a phagolysosome in which the bacterium is degraded.


What do they look like in tissues? And their different functions?

Tissue prepared as a section, fixed and stained with an specific macrophage antibody called F480. Appear as brown

In liver; they are called KUPFFER CELLS which line the sinuses within the liver in order to clear circulating pathogens, old RBC, debris. Important in regulating inflammatory response.

In lung: alveolar macrophages in alveolar spaces (where gaseous exchange takes place) Phagocytose inhaled pathogens, and regulate a protein that influences surface tension regulation and gaseous exchange. Therefore have a role in homeostasis of tissue function. No macrophages here leads to disease called protinosis.

In brain: microglia. Important in neuronal communication function, early development by clearing apoptotic cells and in inflammatory disease (Alzheimer) the macrophages remove toxic components like Alzheimer protein (alpha-beta protein.)


List functions of macrophages (generally)

1) Developmental biology; the body makes too many cells early on, these are removed.
2) Metabolism- release of soluble protein adipokines which regulate adipocytes important in metabolism (diabetes)
3) Haematopoiesis-recognition and uptake of RBC nuclei (erythoplast) excluded (nuclei with cytoplasm containing haemoglobin) This allows macrophages to recycle iron. Macrophages produce trophic factors, molecules that promote development of red blood cells.
4) Neurobiology- cross talk with neuronal cells
5) Acute and chronic inflammation
6) self defense of the innate immune system; kill naturally from birth but can be activated to kill.
7) Antigen transfer and presentation. However not as efficient as dendritic cells.


Macrophage development

order of precursors: first yolk sac, the foetal liver develops after yolk sac, then bone marrow which sustains adult haematopoiesis.
Monocytes produced in the bone marrow are released with a half life of 2-3 days. Small number are recruited if there is a inflammatory response where they differentiated into macrophages. However, monocytes do not repopulate macrophage populations already present in issues; so monocytes mainly for self defence purposes.


List specific macrophage populations in the different organs

1) Liver- Kupffer cells
2) Spleen-red pulp macrophages
3) Peritoneal cavity- peritoneal macrophages
4) Lung-alveolar macrophages
5) Bone-osteoclasts (derived from macrophage precursors which undergo fusion and secrete proteases which digest material)
6) Central Nervous system- mycroglia


What are the differences between monocytes and macrophage appearance

Monocytes are smaller with a kidney shaped nucleus


What does M-CFU stand for?

Macrophage colony forming units; it is a macrophage precursor.


OLD! Describe a general pathway of development including precursors.

HSC= GM-CFU=M-CFU (in both fetal liver and bone marrow)
In fetal liver: M-CFU= Monoblast= Pro-monocyte= Monocye= Macrophage
In bone marrow: M-CFU= Monoblast= Pro-monocyte= Ly6C + (inflammatory monocyte) = into tissues= Ly6C (negative) resident mmonocyte= Macrophage, Dendritic cell or osteoclast


What does Ly6C +/- indicate?

+ indicates an inflammatory monocyte. It has function to kill pathogens/self defence

- indicates monitoring/control resident monocytes..


What technique is used to determine Transcription factor influence on development?

Knock out mice- mice lacking in Myb TF will not make haemopoietic cells but will make yolk sac macrophages.


What are the Transcription factors involved?

-Myb: needed fo haemopoietic stem cells
-PU.1: needed for full myeloid cell development; without it septicema causes death.
-NR4A1: needed for LyC6- resident monocytes.
-Mafb: needed to have tissue macrophages but not monocytes.
-Spi-C: needed for splenic red pulp macrophages.


What is the importance of transcription factors?

Different subsets of macrophages in different tissues may have certain genes switched on by these specific T.F which cause their function.


List the growth factors involved in macrophage development

-M-CSF/CSF1: needed for blood monocytes so less osteoclasts so less bone reasorption. There is selective loss of tissue macrophage population.
-IL34 (interleukin): needed for microglia and Langerhan cells


Describe functions of macrophages:

1) waste disposal
2) Lung
3) Initiation and resolution of inflammation
4) Adipose tissue
5) Bone


Waste disposal

Aged blood cells have surface properties that are recognised by red pulp/Kupffer macrophages. If not impaired iron recycling.

erythroid nuclei is taken up by bone marrow and fetal liver. If not IFN-b produced and hematopoiesis is disrupted in bone marrow.

Clearance of apoptotic cells; known as the silent clearance as macrophages don't switch on an immune response. This must be controlled to prevent immune response for this process and then autoimmunity like stemic lupus (SLE)


Lung Function

To clear surfactant protein. If not leads to disease called alveloar proteinosis


Inflammation function

1) pathogen recognition
2) inflammation response involving TNF, IL-6 ect.
3) resolution involving lipid mediators, IL-10
if not there is chronic failure, tissue damage and fibrosis


Metabolism function

Macrophages in white adipose tissue regulate lipolysis. If not causes insuin resistance.

In brown adipose tissue regulates thermogenesis. If not causes loss of adaptive thermogenesis


Bone function

Osteoclasts, relates to phagocytic cells, undergo a fusion. They secrete proteases which degrade the bone matrix. This process depends on cytokines M-CSF and RANKL(ligand).
If no growth factors, it causes osteopetrosis, where bone becomes too big, as it is not degraded.


What diseases can be caused in various parts of body?

In brain- normal: fluid balance, neuronal patterning. Pathology = neurodegeneration.

In bone- normal bone remodelling and haematopoiesis. Pathology = leukemia, osteoporosis, osteopetrosis.

Heart- normal-artherosclerois

Liver- Kupffer cells normally remove toxins, lipid metabolism. Pathology = fibrosis.

Pancreas- pathology = cancer and metastasis. Cancer; macrophages aid the cancer to grow.

Adipogenesis- Pathology = obesity and diabetes

Spleen- immunity. Pathology = arhritis, EAE, IBD


Describe macrophage and cancer relationship

Macrophages are present in many different area in a tumor and many are attracted to the hypoxia regions (lack of oxygen.) Here macrophages produces growth factors which stimulate production of blood vessels which are needed by tumor.

Killing off macrophages therefore may stop tumour from developing normally.


Functions of monocytes.

1) Most tissues dont need monocytes, however some tissues like the GUT, where there are a very large number of microorganisms, monocytes needed as macrophage precursor in adults.

2) In the blood, there are two subsets; i) inflammatory LyC6 [high] which are rapidly recruited to inflammatory sites.
ii) Patrolling LyC6 [low] which maintain endothial cell integrity in blood vessels. This acts as a vaccum to remove debris from endothelial cells. But it can be activated in the presence of a dangerous pathogen, causing the monocyte to recruit neutrophils to kill cell and allows endothelial cell neighbour to produce a new endothial cells.

Monocyte responds to danger!


What are the functions of macrophages in innate immunity and acquired immunity

INNATE- pattern recognition receptor, complement receptor

ACQUIRED- Fc and complement receptors to bind immune complexes

-production of cytokines and other soluble mediators for promoting inflammatory responses.

-antimicrobial activities: reactive oxygen species and lysosomal enzymes


General Macrophage functions

-Phagocytosis/endocytosis of non self microbes

-Antimicrobial activity

-Production of cytokines and other soluble mediators

-antigen presentation and T cell stimulation as so have a role in adaptive immune system.


List Macrophage receptors involved in host and pathogen recognition

1) TLR- Toll like receptor-binds to ligands on bacterial cell wall
2) LPS or TLR 4 or CD14 binds to polysaccharides on bacteria.
3) Manose- binds to carbohydrates
4) Glucan- binds to receptors on yeast
5) Scavenger- scavenge range of molecules for recognition
6) CR3- complement

Receptors that lead to phagocytosis can also be stimulate signal which lead to gene expression and production of cytokines


List the main types of pattern recognition receptors; patterns found on different pathogens

-Toll-like receptors
-NOD-related proteins
-Scavenger receptors