Smith, P.D. et al. Isolation and purification of CD14-negative mucosal macrophages from normal human small intestine. J. Immunol. Meth. 202, 1-11

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Journal of Immunological Methods (Impact Factor: 1.82). 04/1997; 202(1):1-11. DOI: 10.1016/S0022-1759(96)00204-9


Mucosal macrophages play a fundamental role in the regulation of immunological events and inflammation in the small intestine. Because no information is available on normal small intestinal macrophages, we developed a technique for the isolation and purification of jejunal lamina propria macrophages in order to study their phenotype and activity. From sections of normal human jejunum, lamina propria mononuclear cells were isolated by neutral protease digestion and then subjected to counterflow centrifugal elutriation to purify the macrophages. The cells isolated by this procedure contained <1% CD3+ lymphocytes and displayed the size distribution, morphological features, ultrastructure and phagocytic activity of mononuclear phagocytes. In contrast to blood monocytes, however, mucosal macrophages from the jejunum did not exhibit adherence properties or express CD14, a receptor for the lipopolysaccharide-binding protein. The purification of large numbers of lamina propria macrophages by this procedure offers the opportunity to define the role of this cell in the physiological inflammation characteristic of normal intestinal mucosa and the pathological inflammation associated with small intestinal diseases.

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    • "Exiting cells in the buffer solution are then collected outside of the centrifuge. This procedure is widely used for the enrichment of haematopoietic stem cells (De Witte et al., 1983; Schwartz et al., 1986; Jones et al., 1990; Orlic et al., 1994), macrophages or monocytes (Smith et al., 1997; Zetterlund et al., 1998) and for cell cycle synchronization of cell populations (Merrill, 1998). Here we demonstrate that it also represents an excellent technique to obtain large quantities of highly enriched IEL subsets from both mouse, and human intestinal tissue samples, most notably with only negligible losses of lymphoid cells during the isolation procedure. "
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