Role of neutrophils in systemic autoimmune diseases

Arthritis Res Ther. 2013 Oct 2;15(5):219. doi: 10.1186/ar4325.


Neutrophils have emerged as important regulators of innate and adaptive immune responses. Recent evidence indicates that neutrophils display marked abnormalities in phenotype and function in various systemic autoimmune diseases, and may play a central role in initiation and perpetuation of aberrant immune responses and organ damage in these conditions. This review discusses the putative roles that neutrophils and aberrant neutrophil cell death play in the pathogenesis of various systemic autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, small vessel vasculitis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-Associated Vasculitis / immunology*
  • Apoptosis / immunology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / immunology*
  • Autoantibodies / immunology
  • Autoimmunity / immunology
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / immunology*
  • Neutrophils / immunology*


  • Autoantibodies