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New Aspects of Integrin-mediated Leukocyte Adhesion in Inflammation: Regulation by Haemostatic Factors and Bacterial Products

[ Vol. 3 , Issue. 4 ]


Joong-Sup Rhee, Sentot Santoso, Mathias Herrmann, Angelika Bierhaus, Sandip M. Kanse, Andreas E. May, Peter P. Nawroth, Robert W. Colman, Klaus T. Preissner and Triantafyllos Chavakis   Pages 387 - 392 ( 6 )


Leukocyte recruitment to sites of inflammation, infection or vascular injury is a complex event, depending on a tightly coordinated sequence of leukocyte-endothelial- and leukocyte-platelet interactions, which are controlled by the expression and activation of various adhesion receptors and protease systems. The present review will focus on novel aspects of the regulation of integrindependent leukocyte adhesion by haemostatic factors and bacterial products. In particular, after a short overview of leukocyte recruitment, the review (i) will focus on the crosstalk between haemostatic factors and adhesion molecules with respect to leukocyte extravasation based on the paradigms of the urokinase receptor and high molecular weight kininogen, (ii) will provide information on novel mechanisms for the regulation of leukocyte recruitment by bacterial proteins, on the basis of the antiinflammatory role of Staphylococcus aureus extracellular adhesive protein and (iii) will draw attention to the junctional adhesion molecules, a novel family of adhesive receptors that are counter-receptors for leukocyte integrins and mediate vascular cell interactions. The better understanding of the interactions between vascular cells and particularly of integrin-dependent leukocyte adhesion may lead to the development of novel therapeutical concepts in inflammatory vascular disorders.


leukocyte, adhesion, inflammation, integrins, jam, urokinase receptor, kininogen, bacteria, S.aureus


Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik, Abteilung I, Endokrinologie und Stoffwechsel, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Bergheimer Strasse 58, D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany

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