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Pathology

  • Eric Holtzman
Part of the Cell Biology Monographs book series (CELLBIOL, volume 3)

Abstract

Lysosomes participate, in one way or another, in a tremendous variety of cellular and organismic disorders. Often, their participation is chiefly through the activities of scavenger cells that clear up cellular debris; corresponding changes in hydrolase levels and numbers and activity of phagocytes have been described for inflammatory responses, infectious diseases, tumors and many other pathological conditions (see e.g., Franson and Waite 1973, Gordon and Cohn 1973, Van Furth 1970, Vernon-Roberts 1972, Williams and Fudenberg 1972). For certain disorders there is circumstantial evidence for less indirect lysosomal involvement. But, for very few situations do we have adequate information bearing upon the questions that are most critical from our vantage point—are lysosomes involved as causative agents and if so, through what mechanisms? In other words, it is not difficult to find changes occurring in lysosomes of pathological material but determining the significance of these changes is quite another matter.

Keywords

Storage Disease Chronic Granulomatous Disease Aryl Sulfatase Lysosomal Storage Disease Endocytic Vesicle 
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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Holtzman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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