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why do macrophages have high numbers of ribosomes and lysosomes

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  1. Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Many articles on your subject matter must be purchased but here's what I can find that is free:

    1. http://www.jcb.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/5/1217

    2. http://www.accessmedicine.com/content.aspx?aID=2145964

    3. http://www.bibl.liu.se/liupubl/disp/disp97/med533s.htm

    4. http://www.nature.com/ncb/journal/v8/n9/abs/ncb0906-908.html

    5. (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrophage

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  2. Phagocytes, such as macrophages, engulf pathogens and must destroy them. This can be done through their large numbers of lysosomes which contain degradative enzymes that will destroy the pathogen once engulfed.

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