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Increased membrane heterogeneity in stimulated human granulocytes


TMA-DPH fluorescence decay in human PMN before and after stimulation with FMLP was studied using frequency domain fluorometry. Membrane heterogeneity was assessed by the width of the continuous distributions of lifetime values of Lorentzian shape used to describe the fluorescence decay. In non-stimulated granulocytes TMA-DPH fluorescence decay is characterized by two distributions of lifetime values centered at 6.5 and 1.0 ns and full width at half maximum of 0.3 and 1.2 ns, respectively. Within 15 min after stimulation, the center values of the two distribution components were 5.1 and 0.8 ns and the distribution width was 0.8 and 0.6 ns, respectively. These results indicate changes of membrane domain organization which can be ascribed to compositional changes and redistribution of membrane components.

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