PMID: 46760Mar 1, 1975

Morphologic and functional characteristics of bone marrow macrophages from imferon-treated mice

M E Fedorko


The iron storage macrophage has been isolated from the marrow of Imferon-treated mice and studied in vitro by morphologic, histochemical, and functional tests and isotope labeling techniques. These macrophages on stained preparations are large, many times binucleate cells (up to 150 mu), and show Prussian blue reactivity. In Epon-embedded, stained thick sections they contain elongated narrow basophilic inclusions. These macrophages are actively phagocytic and pinocytic; histochemical studies show that these cells are rich in acid phosphatase, nonspecific esterase, and PAS diastase-resistant activity. Iron storage macrophages do not incorporate the 3H-thymidine. The electron microscopic appearance of this macrophage shows that the cell has ferritin free in the cytoplasm and several types of cytoplasmic granules: those with large quantities of electron-dense ferritin and/or hemosiderin (type A), elongated granules (type B) with moderately electron dense homogeneous matrix and some ferritin at the periphery, and granules with heterogeneous content (type C). The above findings demonstrate that the iron storage cell is a mature macrophage which contains hydrolases, ferritin, and a unique population of cytoplasmic granules which are ...Continue Reading

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