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The alveolar macrophage

  • H. E. Karrer


The alveolar macrophages, or dust cells, of the lung are cells which lie free within the air spaces of the lung alveoles. They have been extensively studied in the light microscope [for summary see (1)]. Their phagocytic potentialities are likewise known from light microscopic studies, in which dyes, India ink, or oils were injected into the trachea of animals. The same cells are phagocytic also in pathologic lung conditions. The origin of these cells is not clear as yet (for reviews, see (2, 3)]. Most workers consider them to be modified alveolar epithelial cells, whereas others believe that they are true connective tissue macrophages.


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  • H. E. Karrer
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  1. 1.Department of Pathobiology, School of Hygiene and Public HealthJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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