Generation and functional characterization of ovine bone marrow-derived macrophages.

Francey, Thierry; Schalch, L; Brcic, M; Peterhans, Ernst; Jungi, Thomas (1992). Generation and functional characterization of ovine bone marrow-derived macrophages. Veterinary immunology and immunopathology, 32(3-4), pp. 281-301. Elsevier 10.1016/0165-2427(92)90051-Q

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A method for the culturing and propagation of ovine bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMM) in vitro is described. Bone marrow cells from sterna of freshly slaughtered sheep were cultured in hydrophobic (teflon foil) bags in the presence of high serum concentrations (20% autologous serum and 20% fetal calf serum). During an 18 day culture period in the absence of added conditioned medium, and without medium change, a strong enrichment of mononuclear phagocytes was achieved. Whereas the number of macrophages increased four to fivefold during this time, granulocytes, lymphoid cells, stem cells and undifferentiated progenitor cells were reduced to less than 3% of their numbers at Day 0. This resulted in BMM populations of 94 +/- 3% purity. These cells had morphological and histochemical characteristics of differentiated macrophages, and they performed functions similar to those of non-activated, unprimed human monocyte-derived macrophages. Thus, they avidly ingested erythrocytes coated with IgG of heterologous or homologous origin. They expressed a modest level of procoagulant activity, but upon triggering with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a marked increase in cell-associated procoagulant activity was observed. LPS triggering promoted the secretion of interleukin-1, as evidenced by measurement of murine thymocyte costimulatory activity, and transforming growth factor-beta. Using the mouse L929 cell cytotoxicity assay as an indication of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) activity, no TNF activity was detected in the same supernatants, a result possibly due to species restriction. BMM generated low levels of O2- upon triggering with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA). On the other hand, no O2- production was observed upon stimulation with zymosan opsonized with ovine or human serum. Using luminol-enhanced chemiluminescence (CL) as a more sensitive indicator of an oxidative burst, both PMA or zymosan were able to trigger CL, but the response was subject to partial inhibition by sodium azide, an inhibitor of myeloperoxidase. This points to non-macrophage cells contributing also to the CL response, and is consistent with the view that unprimed BMM elicit a low oxidative burst upon triggering with strong inducers of a burst. Our functional characterization now allows us to apply priming and activation protocols and to relate their effect to functional alterations.

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05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic > Small Animal Clinic, Internal Medicine
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Virology and Immunology

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Francey, Thierry, Peterhans, Ernst, Jungi, Thomas


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture








Thierry Francey-Spicher

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