The present work deals with the reaction pathways, including the formation of hydroxyl radicals and chloroamines, which lead to luminol chemiluminescence caused by hypochlorite generation in a suspension of stimulated rabbit polymorphnonuclear leukocyte. Luminol-enhanced (0.02 mM) chemiluminescence of leukocytes stimulated by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate does not change in the presence of dimethyl sulfoxide at moderate concentrations (0.02-2.6 mM) at which it must show the specific ability to scavenge hydroxyl radicals. It suggests that no generation of hydroxyl radical with the participation of hypochlorite and superoxide anion takes place after the stimulation of polymorphnonuclear leukocytes. A high dimethyl sulfoxide concentrations (260 mM) a significant fall in chemiluminescence intensity, due to direct interaction of the scavenger with hypochlorite, is observed. Chemiluminescence intensity rose if luminol was added to a leukocyte suspension preliminary stimulated for 10 min. The effect results from the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide but not chloroamines. Exogenic amino acids and taurin at high concentrations (3-15 mM) weaken the chemiluminescence. The data obtained suggest that chemiluminescence in the system studied results predominantly from the direct initial reaction of hypochlorite with luminol. The chemiluminescence intensity is enhanced by hydrogen peroxide via the oxidation of luminol oxidation products.