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Strategies of neutrophil diversification.
Nat Immunol. 2023 Apr;24(4):575-584.
Neutrophils are formidable defenders. Their vast numbers, constant production, high cytotoxicity and capacity to produce extracellular traps, underlie their ability to efficiently protect in a microorganism-rich world. However, neutrophils are much more than immune sentinels, as evidenced by the expanding repertoire of functions discovered in the context of tissue homeostasis, regeneration or chronic pathologies. In this Perspective, we discuss general functional features of the neutrophil compartment that may be relevant in most, if not all, physiological scenarios in which they participate, including specialization in naïve tissues, transcriptional noise in the bloodstream as a potential strategy for diversification and functional bias in inflammatory sites. We intentionally present the reader with more questions than answers and propose models and approaches that we hope will shed new light onto the biology of these fascinating cells and spark new directions of research.
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