Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Hematology: monocyte

Synonym(s): Mononuclear phagocyte

Contributor(s): Kathleen P Freeman, Karen L Gerber, Andy Torrance

Overview

  • Monocytes circulate in the blood briefly   →   enter the tissues   →   transform into macrophages   →   do not re-enter the circulation. The ratio of circulating monocytes to macrophages is ~ 1:400.
  • The mononuclear phagocyte system (bone marrow precursors, monocytes and macrophages) phagocytoses and destroys micro-organisms, phagocytoses particulate material (foreign bodies, tissue and cellular debris), interacts with lymphocytes in immune reactions, produces interferon and regulates hematopoiesis.

Sampling

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Tests

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Further Reading

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Other sources of information

  • Cowell R L, Tyler R D & Meinkoth J H (1999) Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat. 2nd edn. Mosby, St Louis.
  • Duncan J R, Prasse K W & Mahaffy E A (1994) Veterinary Laboratory Medicine Clinical Pathology. 3rd edn. Iowa University Press, Ames, Iowa.
  • Jain N C (1993) Essentials of Veterinary Hematology. Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia.


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