In order to examine one function of mononuclear phagocytes during maturation from bone marrow precursors to tissue macrophages, an improved hemolytic plaque assay for the detection of synthesis of the second (C2) and fourth (C4) components of C by single cells was developed. With this method, production of C2 and C4 was assessed in cell populations derived from bone marrow, blood, lung, peritoneum, and spleen. The proportion of cells producing C2 and C4 in each population varied. Approximately 10% of bone marrow cells produced C4, but no detectable C2 plaque-forming cells (PFC) were detected. Circulating monocytes yielded about 10% PFC each for C2 and C4. The proportion of C22-producing cells in tissue macrophages varied from approximately 2% in bronchoalveolar macrophages to about 45% in peritoneal and splenic macrophage populations, whereas C4 production by macrophages from lung, peritoneum, and spleen were all approximately 45%. These data suggest that differences in C biosynthesis characterized mononuclear phagocytes at different stages of maturation.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1983|