‘This way please’: Apoptotic cells regulate phagocyte migration before and after engulfment

Amiram Ariel, Kodi S. Ravichandran

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Apoptotic leukocyte clearance is a hallmark of the resolution of inflammation and is a central fate-determining event for macrophages. The directional migration of motile phagocytes toward cellular corpses and the subsequent engulfment are tightly regulated, and the exciting molecular mechanisms for these complex steps are actively under investigation. In this issue Angsana et al. [Eur. J. Immunol. 2016. 46: 1592-1599.] report that the chemokine receptor CXCR4 is upregulated on murine and human macrophages following the engulfment of apoptotic cells, or following exposure to the pro-resolving nucleotide adenosine. This work, together with other recent findings, point toward a new mode of regulation of macrophages following the engulfment of apoptotic cells. In this commentary, we put these findings in relevant perspective and highlight its potential ramifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1583-1586
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Immunology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors received no specific direct funding for this work. The laboratory of Amiram Ariel is supported by the Israeli Science foundation (grant No. 678/13) and the Rosetrees Trust (grant No. A1053) and that of Kodi Ravichandran was supported by U.S. National Institutes of Health via GM064709, GM107848, and HL120840). The funding agencies had no role in the decision to publish this article or in its preparation.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • Chemotaxis
  • Efferocytosis
  • Inflammation
  • Macrophage
  • Peritonitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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