Neutrophil extracellular trap formation is independent of de novo gene expression

Gabriel Sollberger (Lead / Corresponding author), Borko Amulic (Lead / Corresponding author), Arturo Zychlinsky

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Neutrophils are essential innate immune cells whose responses are crucial in the clearance of invading pathogens. Neutrophils can respond to infection by releasing neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). NETs are formed of chromatin and specific granular proteins and are released after execution of a poorly characterized cell death pathway. Here, we show that NET formation induced by PMA or Candida albicans is independent of RNA polymerase II and III-mediated transcription as well as of protein synthesis. Thus, neutrophils contain all the factors required for NET formation when they emerge from the bone marrow as differentiated cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0157454
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2016


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