Clinical and experimental evidence have highlighted that a major leukocyte population present in tumours, the so-called tumour-associated macrophages (TAM), is the principal component of the leukocyte infiltrate supporting tumour growth. Over the years the mechanisms supporting the protumoural functions of TAM have become increasingly clear and in several experimental tumour models, the activation of an inflammatory response (most frequently mediated by macrophages) has been shown to play an essential role for full neoplastic transformation and progression. This evidence strongly supports the idea that TAM are central orchestrators of the inflammatory networks expressed in the tumour microenvironment, and suggest these cells as possible targets of anticancer therapies.
|Titolo:||Targeting tumour-associated macrophages|
|Parole Chiave:||Macrophage polarisation; Tumour promotion; Tumour-associated macrophage|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/04 - Patologia Generale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||set-2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1517/14728126.96.36.1999|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|