Phagocytes

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A phagocyte is a [[White blood cell|white blood cell involved]] in the [[Immune response|immune response]]. It removes harmful [[Pathogens|pathogens]] from the [[Blood|blood]] by the process of [[Phagocytosis|phagocytosis]].  
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A phagocyte is a [[White blood cell|white blood cell involved]] in the [[Immune response|immune response]]. It removes harmful [[Pathogens|pathogens]] from the [[Blood|blood]] by the process of [[Phagocytosis|phagocytosis]] (whereby [[Pathogen|pathogens]] are engulfed into a [[Phagosome|phagosome]], then [[Lysosome|lysosomes]] bind to form a [[Phagolysosome|phagolysosome]]<ref>Encyclopaedia Britannica. Phagocytosis. 2018 [Cited:18/10/2018]. Available from: https://www.britannica.com/science/phagocytosis</ref>).  
  
There are&nbsp;different types of phagocytes, including:  
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There are several types of phagocytes, including:  
  
 
*[[Granulocytes|granulocytes]]  
 
*[[Granulocytes|granulocytes]]  
 
*[[Macrophages|macrophages]]
 
*[[Macrophages|macrophages]]
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Granulocytes are white blood cells containing digestive enzymes, which are stored in granules. They form part of the innate immune response.
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There are three types of granulocyte:
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*[[Neutrophils|Neutrophils]]
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*[[Eosinophils|Eosinophils]]
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*[[Basophils|Basophils]]
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=== References  ===
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Latest revision as of 17:45, 18 October 2018

A phagocyte is a white blood cell involved in the immune response. It removes harmful pathogens from the blood by the process of phagocytosis (whereby pathogens are engulfed into a phagosome, then lysosomes bind to form a phagolysosome[1]).

There are several types of phagocytes, including:

Granulocytes are white blood cells containing digestive enzymes, which are stored in granules. They form part of the innate immune response.

There are three types of granulocyte:

References

  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Phagocytosis. 2018 [Cited:18/10/2018]. Available from: https://www.britannica.com/science/phagocytosis
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