Mechanisms and Consequences of Phagocytosis of Influenza Virus-Infected Cells

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ISSN: 1871-5230 (Print)

Volume 15, 3 Issues, 2016

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Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Allergy Agents in Medicinal Chemistry

Formerly: Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Allergy Agents

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Claudiu T. Supuran
Neurofarba Department
University of Florence

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Mechanisms and Consequences of Phagocytosis of Influenza Virus-Infected Cells

Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Allergy Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, 7(2): 97-100.

Author(s): Yoshinobu Nakanishi, Yumi Hashimoto, Takenori Takizawa and Akiko Shiratsuchi.

Affiliation: Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa University, Shizenken, Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan.


Influenza virus-infected cells are induced to undergo apoptosis and become susceptible to phagocytosis. Data from our in vitro and in vivo experiments have suggested that 1) alveolar macrophages and neutrophils phagocytose influenza virus-infected cells in an apoptosis-dependent manner; 2) the membrane phospholipid phosphatidylserine and viral neuraminidase-processed carbohydrates at the surface of target cells and phagocytes, respectively, are involved in the association of the two types of cells; and 3) phagocytic elimination of virus-infected cells leads to a reduction in the pathogenesis of influenza. These findings could lead to the development of a novel antiviral agent against influenza.


Apoptosis, influenza virus, innate immunity, macrophages, neutrophils, phagocytosis, phosphatidylserine.

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Article Details

Volume: 7
Issue Number: 2
First Page: 97
Last Page: 100
Page Count: 4
DOI: 10.2174/187152308784533122
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