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Compound exocytosis and cumulative degranulation by eosinophils and their role in parasite killing.

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Lindau,  M.
Research Group of Nanoscale Cell Biology, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Scepek, S., Moqbel, R., & Lindau, M. (1994). Compound exocytosis and cumulative degranulation by eosinophils and their role in parasite killing. Parasitology Today, 10(7), 276-278. doi:10.1016/0169-4758(94)90146-5.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0028-1492-1
Abstract
The killing of metazoan parasitic larvae by eosinophils occurs following cell adhesion and the secretion o f their cytotoxic proteins onto the surface o f these targets. In eosinophils, as in mast cells and neutrophils, stimulus-secretion coupling is mediated by GTP-binding proteins. In this article, Susanne Scepek Redwon Moqbel and Manfred Lindou summarize recent results indicating that the granule-fusion events activated by GTP-binding proteins lead to compound exocytosis and cumulative fusion. They propose that these exocytotic processes, following contact with opsonized larvae, may direct secretion to a restricted space defined by the site o f contact Such a focused release may be essential for effective targeting in parasite killing, thus preventing uncontrolled random diffusion of the secreted cytotoxic proteins with the possible undesirable consequences of damage to intact host tissue.