False-colour TEM of human monocyte

False-colour TEM of human monocyte

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Caption: False-colour transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a human monocyte, a type of white blood cell. Monocytes appear to have little function in blood, but are highly mobile & migrate into tissues where they are known as macrophages. In addition to scavenging & engulfing (phagocytosing) cellular debris & microorganisms, a macrophage is capable of processing antigenic (foreign) substances during the initial phase of immune response. Processed antigens are presented on the macrophage's surface for recognition & elimination by other white cells. Magnification: x12,150 at 6x7cm size, x5,400 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, cells, defence, false-coloured, human body, immune, immunology, macrophage, monocyte, system

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