Neutrophils phagocytosis bacteria


Phagocytosis is the process by which particulate material is endocytosed (“eaten”) by a cell (From Greek phagein, to eat.). The process of phagocytosis is one of the many different ways our immune cells fight infections. Macrophages and neutrophils are cells of the immune system that use phagocytosis to bind and ingest invading microorganisms. Phagocytosis is a complex mechanism that requires for the cells to rearrange its inner cell bits to surround and engulf the target.

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Neutrophil, a leukocyte phagocytoses bacteria

Neutrophils are professional phagocytes and rapidly engulf invaders. They also release neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) made of DNA fibers and proteins.

NETs trap and kill microbes to try to avoid the pathogens to spread. 

Below is a playful animation I created showing a macrophage chasing bacteria to ultimately phagocytose them.

Here is a video of an actual cell under the microscope chasing a bacteria to engulf it. The cell on the video is a neutrophil, these are the first cells to get to the site of infection and are ferocious eaters that rapidly engulf invaders.

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