In recent decades, there has been a steady rise in immunocompromised populations and consequently a dramatic increase in the clinical relevance of normally non-pathogenic and commensal fungi such as Aspergillus fumigatus and Candida albicans. Understanding how these fungi interact with the host immune system is important for the development of immunotherapeutic approaches. Here, we describe a number of methods which have been developed to investigate the interactions of fungi with host leukocytes in vitro, including measuring fungal binding and induction of cytokines, phagocytosis, the respiratory burst, and fungal killing.
- respiratory burst
Kerrigan, A. M., de Sousa, M. D. G. T., & Brown, G. D. (2012). Simple assays for measuring innate interactions with fungi. Methods in Molecular Biology, 845, 303-317. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-61779-539-8_20