Kupffer cell


Kupffer cell

Kupffer cells, also known as Browicz-Kupffer cells, are specialized macrophages located in the liver that form part of the reticuloendothelial system (aka: mononuclear phagocyte system).

History

The cells were first observed by Karl Wilhelm von Kupffer in 1876. [Haubrich WS. "Kupffer of Kupffer cells". Gastroenterology 2004;127:16. PMID 15236167.] The scientist called them "sternzellen" (star cells or stellate cells) but thought falsely that they were an integral part of the endothelium of the liver blood vessels and that they originated from it. In 1898, after several years of research, Tadeusz Browicz, a polish scientist, identified them correctly as macrophages. [Szymanska R, Schmidt-Pospula M. "Studies of liver's reticuloendothelial cells by Tadeusz Browicz and Karl Kupffer. A historical outline". Arch Hist Med (Warsz). 1979;42(3):331-6. PMID 386989.] [Stachura J, Galazka K. "History and current status of Polish gastroenterological pathology." J Physiol Pharmacol. 2003 Dec;54 Suppl 3:183-92. PMID 15075472.]

Development

Their development begins in the bone marrow with the genesis of promonocytes and monoblasts into monocytes and then on to peripheral blood monocytes completing their differentiation into Kupffer cells. [Naito M, Hasegawa G, Takahashi K. "Development, differentiation, and maturation of Kupffer cells." Microsc Res Tech 1997;39:350-64. PMID 9407545.]

Function

The red blood cell is broken down by phagocytic action and the hemoglobin molecule is split. The globin chains are reutilized while the iron containing portion or heme is further broken down into iron which is reutilized and bilirubin, which is conjugated with glucuronic acid within hepatocytes and secreted into the bile.

Helmy et al. identified a receptor present in Kupffer cells, the complement receptor of the immunoglobulin family (CRIg). Mice without CRIg could not clear complement system-coated pathogens. CRIg is conserved in mice and humans and is a critical component of the innate immune system. [cite journal | author = Helmy K, Katschke K, Gorgani N, Kljavin N, Elliott J, Diehl L, Scales S, Ghilardi N, van Lookeren Campagne M | title = CRIg: a macrophage complement receptor required for phagocytosis of circulating pathogens | journal = Cell | volume = 124 | issue = 5 | pages = 915–27 | year = 2006 | pmid = 16530040 | doi = 10.1016/j.cell.2005.12.039]

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