We investigated the effect of prolonged monocytopenia induced by daily injections of hydrocortisone acetate on the number of alveolar cells and alveolar macrophage colony-forming cells (AL-CFC) in mice. We did not observe an appreciable reduction in the number of either alveolar macrophages or AL-CFC under this experimental condition, which markedly inhibited the blood monocyte concentration over 10 days. These results suggest the existence of a mechanism by which the number of alveolar macrophages, including AL-CFC, can be maintained without a continuous migration of blood monocytes into alveolar spaces.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Review of Respiratory Disease|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1982|