Altered O2-/H2O2 production ratio by in vitro and in vivo primed human neutrophils

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1990 Mar 30;167(3):970-6. doi: 10.1016/0006-291x(90)90618-w.


Human neutrophils were primed by exudation or pretreatment with a synthetic diacylglycerol (diC10), the Ca2+ ionophore ionomycin or lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Compared to control cells, these primed cells showed a significantly decreased O2-/H2O2 ratio when stimulated with formylmethionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (FMLP). This shift indicates a comparative (and net) increased H2O2 detection in the extracellular medium and can not be explained by a dose-dependent impairment in either O2- or H2O2 detecting capacity. An altered H2O2 degenerating capacity was not observed in the primed cells. We propose that priming enhances the capacity to divalently reduce oxygen and thereby directly produce H2O2.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diglycerides / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen Peroxide / blood*
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Ionomycin / pharmacology
  • Kinetics
  • Lipopolysaccharides / pharmacology
  • N-Formylmethionine Leucyl-Phenylalanine / pharmacology
  • Neutrophils / drug effects
  • Neutrophils / physiology*
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena
  • Superoxides / blood*


  • Diglycerides
  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • Superoxides
  • 1,2-didecanoylglycerol
  • Ionomycin
  • N-Formylmethionine Leucyl-Phenylalanine
  • Hydrogen Peroxide