phagocytosis

Phagocytosis is an important aspect of the Immune System that causes a foreign object to be found and destroyed by several cellular structures.

The overtaking or engulfing of the solid object, molecule, or particle will become a cellular object referred to as a phagosome.

It may also be referred to as a vacuole

Several molecules initiate activation and attachment to the foreign object by Macrophages and Neutrophils.

Once engulfed, the foreign object becomes a phagosome.

It then becomes attached and fuses with the lysosome component to a cell.

Digestive enzymes within the cellular structure,  cause a degradation of the phagosome.

The result is cellular death or also called Apoptosis

 

Take a look at an InterActive explanation of this process below:

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