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INTRODUCTION

Monocytes Function

DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES OF MONOCYTES
Introduction
Monoblast
Promonocyte
Monocyte
Macrophage
 

MONOCYTES FUNCTION

 

 

Monocytes originate in the bone marrow after differentiation into monoblasts and promonocytes. Macrophages are monocytes distributed outside the blood, all over the body, especially in the liver, spleen, lymph nodes, lungs, bone marrow, connective tissue, and serous cavities. Monocytes phagocytize bacteria and larger particles; they contain great quantities of lipase and can thus degrade bacteria with lipidic capsule, such as tuberculosis and leprotic bacteria. Monocytes have a dominant role in immunity because they present the ingested antigen on their surface so that it can be recognized by lymphocytes.