Effect of ammonia on endocytosis, cytokine production and lysosomal enzyme activity of a microglial cell line.

Abstract

Ammonia is a natural lysosomotropic compound. Concentrations of ammonium acetate > 2 mM impaired the phagocytic activity of BV-2 cells, an immortalized microglial cell line, as was determined by the uptake of fluorescent latex microspheres of different sizes. In contrast, an increase in the uptake of fluorescent dextran was observed with the elevation in… (More)

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