A new method of directly measuring esterase activity within phagolysosomes has been developed. Decanoyl fluorescein- binding microspheres were prepared and phagocytosed by human peripheral neutrophils. Within phagolysoscmes lysosomal esterase hydrolyzed decanoyl fluorescein on the microspheres, causing the conversion of decanoyl fluorescein- binding microspheres (non-fluorescent) into fluorescein- binding microspheres (fluorescent). The activity of phagolysosomal esterase in intact neutrophils was assayed by the measurement of the fluorescence intensity without rupturing cells. By use of a flow cytometer, esterase activity within phagolysoscmes in single cells was measured.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - 1985 Mar 15|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology