Albumin, at concentration normally present in plasma (∼600 μM), signicantly inhibited leukotriene B4 formation induced by a receptor mediated (fMet-Leu-Phe) and a receptor independent (calcium ionophore A23187) stimuli in human neutrophils. The inhibition of leukotriene B4 synthesis was accompanied by a concomitant reduction of neutrophil aggregation. In addition, this plasma protein prevented the increase in F-actin content of neutrophils stimulated with fMet-Leu-Phe and A23187, thus suppressing actin polymerization. These data indicate that albumin profoundly affects biochemical and functional aspects of neutrophils suggesting, for this plasma protein, a regulatory role in the overall pattern of the inflammatory reaction.
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