Macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) enhances the capacity of murine macrophages to secrete oxygen reduction products

E. J. Wing, N. M. Ampel, A. Waheed, R. K. Shadduck

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The capacity of macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) to enhance respiratory burst activity in peritoneal macrophages was measured. Macrophages incubated for 48 hr or more with concentrated L cell-conditioned medium as a source of M-CSF released two to three times as much O2- in response to PMA as did unexposed macrophages. Stimulation was noted at concentrations of colony-stimulating activity from 0.1 to 2000 U/ml and was maximal at 10 to 100 U/ml. Purified, endotoxin-free CSF enhanced secretion to a similar degree as unpurified L cell-conditioned medium. Release of O2- by M-CSF macrophages occurred over 60 min and was triggered by opsonized zymosan as well as PMA. H2O2 release was also enhanced in macrophages exposed to both unpurified and purified M-CSF. These data indicate that M-CSF enhances the capacity of mature macrophages to release oxygen reduction products, and they are consistent with reports that CSF can stimulate the release of other secretory products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2052-2056
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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