Monocyte and Neutrophil Isolation, Migration, and Phagocytosis Assays

Alexander Maini, Juliet R. Foote, Richard Hayhoe, Amit A. Patel, Alastair O'Brien, Inbal Avraham-Davidi, Simon Yona

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This article describes methods for isolating mouse monocytes and neutrophils, as well as in vitro protocols for measuring cell phagocytosis, migration, and polarization. The method employed here for the isolation of naive phagocytes overcomes many of the difficulties previously encountered concerning phagocyte activation. Three in vitro protocols are provided for the analysis of cell migration, one requiring no specialized equipment, one requiring a modified Boyden chamber, and the other employing a flow chamber, which measures cell adhesion, rolling, and migration. Three in vitro protocols to examine phagocytosis have been included in this updated version. Finally, a method is provided for imaging polarized cells by confocal microscopy.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)e53
JournalCurrent Protocols in Immunology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • cell polarization
  • chemotaxis
  • flow chamber
  • monocyte
  • neutrophil
  • phagocytosis


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