Acta Microbiol Immunol Hung 2017 Dec 1;64(4):357-372. Epub 2017 Sep 1.
1 Department of Genetics, Cell- and Immunobiology, Semmelweis University , Budapest, Hungary.
Phagocytosis is an ancient cell function, which is similar at unicellular and multicellular levels. Unicells synthesize, store, and secrete multicellular (mammalian) hormones, which influence their phagocytosis. Amino acid hormones, such as histamine, serotonin, epinephrine, and melatonin stimulate phagocytosis, whereas peptide hormones, such as adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), insulin, opioids, arginine vasopressin, and atrial natriuretic peptide decreased it, independently on their chemical structure or function in multicellulars. Read More