Special Issue "Tumor Associated Macrophages"


A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Reto Schwendener
Institute of Molecular Cancer Research, Laboratory of Liposome Research, University of Zurich, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland
Website: http://www.imcr.uzh.ch/research/Schwendener.html
E-Mail: rschwendener@imcr.uzh.ch
Phone: +41-44-635-3483
Interests: tumor microenvironment; stromal cells; macrophages; tumor associated macrophages; neutrophils; tumor associated neutrophils; myeloid derived suppressor cells; immune cells; fibroblasts; stromal interactions; bisphosphonates; clodronate; macrophage depletion; liposomes; nanocarriers; nanomedicine; therapeutic targets; repolarization; reprogramming; immunotherapy; adjuvant cancer therapy; therapies aiming at the tumor microenvironment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This issue invites experts to contribute original research reports as well as review articles that describe studies on tumor associated macrophages (TAM) and other immune cells that infiltrate the tumor microenvironment (TME) and that either promote or inhibit growth, invasion and spread of tumors. Solid tumors grow within a complex microenvironment composed of diverse cell types such as fibroblasts, endothelial cells, mast cells, macrophages and other immune cells that are attracted by tumor cell derived factors and embedded in an extracellular matrix. Molecular and cellular interactions between epithelial cells and cells surrounding the tumor stroma promote growth, invasion and spread of tumors. To delay or impede tumor growth, the TME is increasingly being explored as a potential therapeutic target for which novel strategies are developed.

Contributions describing biological function and properties of the TME and drugs or treatments that aim at the repolarization of a pro-tumorigenic, immunosuppressive environment to a tumor growth inhibiting and immunocompetent microenvironment are welcome.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Biology of the TME with emphasis on TAM or other immune cells that infiltrate the TME
• Description of new findings related to interactions of tumor cells with the TME
• Therapy concepts aiming at the TME to inhibit tumor growth
• Development of novel drug carrier systems for TME targeting

Prof. Dr. Reto Schwendener
Guest Editor


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  • tumor microenvironment
  • macrophages
  • tumor associated macrophages
  • immune cells
  • stromal interactions
  • repolarization, reprogramming
  • immunotherapy, adjuvant cancer therapy
  • macrophage depletion
  • drug targeting

Published Papers (4 papers)

by , ,  and
Cancers 2014, 6(3), 1670-1690; doi:10.3390/cancers6031670
Received: 26 May 2014; in revised form: 27 July 2014 / Accepted: 5 August 2014 / Published: 13 August 2014
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by , , , , , , , , ,  and
Cancers 2014, 6(1), 472-490; doi:10.3390/cancers6010472
Received: 18 November 2013; in revised form: 6 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 28 February 2014
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Cancers 2014, 6(1), 297-322; doi:10.3390/cancers6010297
Received: 12 November 2013; in revised form: 8 January 2014 / Accepted: 14 January 2014 / Published: 27 January 2014
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by ,  and
Cancers 2013, 5(4), 1643-1654; doi:10.3390/cancers5041643
Received: 1 October 2013; in revised form: 16 November 2013 / Accepted: 25 November 2013 / Published: 4 December 2013
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Last update: 10 April 2013

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