Self-renewal of pulmonary alveolar macrophages: evidence from radiation chimera studies

J Leukoc Biol. 1987 Nov;42(5):443-6.


Radiation-induced chimeric mice were used to study the origin of pulmonary alveolar macrophages. Unlike in other studies, these radiation chimeras were prepared by using a special fractionated irradiation regimen to minimize the killing of alveolar macrophage colony-forming cells, putative local stem cells. For this study CBA mice with or without T6 chromosome marker were used. Under this experimental condition, the majority of alveolar macrophages in mitosis are of host origin even after 45 weeks. These data suggest that alveolar macrophages are a self-renewing population under normal steady-state conditions.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone Marrow / radiation effects
  • Bone Marrow Cells
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / cytology
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / radiation effects
  • Karyotyping
  • Macrophages / cytology*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred CBA
  • Pulmonary Alveoli / cytology*
  • Radiation Chimera*
  • Stem Cells / cytology
  • Stem Cells / radiation effects
  • Whole-Body Irradiation