Constitutive neutrophil apoptosis in culture is modulated by cell density independently of beta2 integrin-mediated adhesion

FEBS Lett. 1998 Jan 9;421(2):141-6. doi: 10.1016/s0014-5793(97)01551-2.


Although inflammatory mediators modulate the rate of constitutive neutrophil apoptosis in vitro the effects of micro-environmental conditions have not been fully investigated. In this study, we demonstrate that the rate of constitutive neutrophil apoptosis is affected by the number of cells per unit surface area, with enhanced survival at high cell density. Furthermore, the presence of protein or serum in the culture medium also enhances neutrophil survival. These effects were independent of beta2 integrin-mediated adhesion and were not influenced by specific adhesion to extracellular matrix components. Thus, the rate of neutrophil apoptosis is fundamentally influenced by microenvironmental conditions and indicates that factors such as cell density and extracellular protein concentration must be considered when investigating mechanisms regulating inflammatory cell apoptosis in vitro.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis*
  • CD18 Antigens / metabolism*
  • Cattle
  • Cell Adhesion
  • Cell Count
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Humans
  • Neutrophils / cytology*
  • Neutrophils / metabolism*
  • Serum Albumin, Bovine / pharmacology


  • CD18 Antigens
  • Serum Albumin, Bovine