Published online May 6, 2013. doi: 10.5315/wjh.v2.i2.44
Revised: April 4, 2013
Accepted: April 13, 2013
Published online: May 6, 2013
Core tip: The lifespan of neutrophils is very dependent on the method used to determine it. Neutrophils are stored in pools and traveling from one location to another dependent on the occurrence of inflammation or not. It appears that isolating neutrophils and labeling them shortens their lifespan considerably. Their longer lifespan enables new functions assigned to them recently.