Eosinophil shape change and secretion.

Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)

PubMedID: 24986612

Willetts L, Ochkur SI, Jacobsen EA, Lee JJ, Lacy P. Eosinophil shape change and secretion. Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1178111-28.
The analysis of eosinophil shape change and mediator secretion is a useful tool in understanding how eosinophils respond to immunological stimuli and chemotactic factors. Eosinophils undergo dramatic shape changes, along with secretion of the granule-derived enzyme eosinophil peroxidase (EPX) in response to chemotactic stimuli including platelet-activating factor and CCL11 (eotaxin-1). Here, we describe the analysis of eosinophil shape change by confocal microscopy analysis and provide an experimental approach for comparing unstimulated cells with those that have been stimulated to undergo chemotaxis. In addition, we illustrate two different degranulation assays for EPX using OPD and an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay technique and show how eosinophil degranulation may be assessed from in vitro as well as ex vivo stimulation.