A hyperactive neutrophil phenotype in patients with refractory periodontitis.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Neutrophils (PMNs) are critical components of the innate immune system and help to maintain oral health in the face of a constant bacterial challenge. However, along with protecting the periodontium from microbial invasion, these cells release potent lysosomal enzymes and oxygen radicals that can be destructive to periodontal tissues and lead to… (More)

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