The hypothesis of tumor-associated macrophages mediating semi-phagocytosis of cancer cells in distant metastasis.

Affiliation

Ye T(1), Liu J(1), Zhao W(1), Gao S(2), Wang S(1), Wu F(1), Zhou H(1).
Author information:
(1)State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases, National Clinical Research Center for Oral Diseases, Department of Oral Medicine, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610041, PR China.
(2)State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases, West China College of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, 610041, PR China.

Abstract

Tweetable abstract Tumor-associated macrophages might promote the distant metastasis of tumor cells by semi-phagocytosis. The authors propose that this newly discovered process occurs in tumor-associated macrophages and may lead to a novel approach for blocking cancer metastasis.