Heterogeneity of neutrophils

Lai Guan Ng, Renato Ostuni, Andrés Hidalgo

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Abstract

Structured models of ontogenic, phenotypic and functional diversity have been instrumental for a renewed understanding of the biology of immune cells, such as macrophages and lymphoid cells. However, there are no established models that can be used to define the diversity of neutrophils, the most abundant myeloid cells. This lack of an established model is largely due to the uniquely short lives of neutrophils, a consequence of their inability to divide once terminally differentiated, which has been perceived as a roadblock to functional diversity. This perception is rapidly evolving as multiple phenotypic and functional variants of neutrophils have been found, both in homeostatic and disease conditions. In this Opinion article, we present an overview of neutrophil heterogeneity and discuss possible mechanisms of diversification, including genomic regulation. We suggest that neutrophil heterogeneity is an important feature of immune pathophysiology, such that co-option of the mechanisms of diversification by cancer or other disorders contributes to disease progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-265
Number of pages11
JournalNature Reviews Immunology
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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