Review of the macrophage disappearance reaction

J Leukoc Biol. 1995 Mar;57(3):361-7. doi: 10.1002/jlb.57.3.361.


Macrophages (M phi s) undergo a physiological response known as the macrophage disappearance reaction (MDR) in response to certain stimuli in the peritoneal compartment. The types of stimuli that can cause the MDR, the relationship of the MDR to the host immunological response, and the possible role of the MDR in M phi activation are reviewed. The data indicate that the MDR occurs in response to both acute nonspecific inflammatory and specific immune delayed hypersensitivity processes and that the MDR may play an important role in M phi activation.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Animals
  • Exudates and Transudates
  • Hypersensitivity, Delayed / immunology
  • Hypersensitivity, Delayed / pathology
  • Inflammation / pathology
  • Inflammation / physiopathology
  • Macrophage Activation
  • Macrophages, Peritoneal / immunology*