Macrophage-dependent regulation of neutrophil mobilization and chemotaxis during development of sterile peritonitis in the rat.

Pro-inflammatory cytokines attract leukocytes to inflamed tissues and activate them. Few attempts have been made to identify the sources of cytokines in vivo. We examined the importance of peritoneal macrophages in the mobilization and homing of neutrophils to a sterile peritonitis in the rat, with emphasis on their cytokine production. Macrophages, present… (More)