Neutrophil Elastase and Cathepsin G: Structure, Function, and Biological Control

  • Wieslaw Watorek
  • David Farley
  • Guy Salvesen
  • James Travis
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 240)


Human neutrophils utilize a variety of destructive enzymes during the process of phagocytosis. These include proteinases, phosphatases, glycosidases, nucleases, and oxidases. The major enzymes have been determined to be elastase, cathepsin G, myeloperoxidase, and lysozyme (1), while minor proteins include collagenase, lactoferrin, alkaline phosphatase, and a myriad of other proteins.


Serine Proteinase Neutrophil Elastase Pulmonary Emphysema Human Neutrophil Elastase Leukocyte Elastase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wieslaw Watorek
    • 1
  • David Farley
    • 1
  • Guy Salvesen
    • 1
  • James Travis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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