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Isolation and Western Blotting of Latex-Bead Phagosomes to Track Phagosome Maturation.

Chapter in book
Authors Anetta Härtlova
Julien Peltier
Orsolya Bilkei-Gorzo
Matthias Trost
Published in Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
Pages 241-248
ISSN 1940-6029
Publication year 2017
Published at Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Pages 241-248
Language en
Keywords Animals, Blotting, Western, methods, Cell Fractionation, Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel, Immunoblotting, Mice, Microspheres, Phagocytosis, Phagosomes, metabolism, RAW 264.7 Cells
Subject categories Infectious Medicine, Cell Biology, Immunology


Phagocytosis plays an essential role in the immune system for the defense against invading microorganisms and the clearing of apoptotic cells. After internalization, the newly formed phagosome is constantly remodeled by fusion with early endosomes, late endosomes, and lysosomes. These changes ultimately deliver the engulfed material into the terminal degradative compartments known as phagolysosomes. However, defective phagosome maturation can result in inflammatory or autoimmune disease depending on the type of phagosome cargo. Therefore, characterization of the components involved in phagosome formation and maturation is important for a better understanding of macrophage physiological and pathological functions. In this chapter we describe a step-by-step protocol for the isolation of large-scale latex/polystyrene bead phagosome preparations with high degrees of purity for Western blotting analysis of phagosome maturation.

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