Integrin signalling in neutrophils and macrophages

Cell Signal. 1999 Sep;11(9):621-35. doi: 10.1016/s0898-6568(99)00003-0.


Integrins have been characterized extensively as adhesion receptors capable of transducing signals inside the cell. In myelomonocytic cells, integrin-mediated adhesive interactions regulate different selective cell responses, such as transmigration into the inflammatory site, cytokine secretion, production or reactive oxygen intermediates, degranulation and phagocytosis. In the last few years, great progress has been made in elucidating mechanisms of signal transduction by integrins in neutrophils and macrophages. This review summarises the current information on the role of integrins in regulating myelomonocytic cell functions and highlights the signalling pathways activated by integrin engagement in these cells. Also, exploiting the current knowledge of mechanisms of integrin signal transduction in other cell types, we propose a model to explain how integrins transduce signals inside neutrophils and macrophages, and how signaling pathways leading to regulation of selective cell functions may be coordinated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Integrins / biosynthesis
  • Integrins / immunology
  • Integrins / metabolism*
  • Macrophages / immunology
  • Macrophages / metabolism*
  • Neutrophils / immunology
  • Neutrophils / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction*


  • Integrins