Particulate Systems for Targeting of Macrophages: Basic and Therapeutic Concepts

Seyed Moien Moghimi, Ladan Parhamifar, Davoud Ahmadvand, Peter Popp Wibroe, T.L. Andresen, Z.S. Farhangrazi, A.C. Hunter

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    Particulate systems in the form of liposomes, polymeric micelles, polymeric nano- and microparticles, and many others offer a rational approach for selective delivery of therapeutic agents to the macrophage from different physiological portals of entry. Particulate targeting of macrophages and intracellular drug release processes can be optimized through modifications of the drug carrier physicochemical properties, which include hydrodynamic size, shape, composition and surface characteristics. Through such modifications together with understanding of macrophage cell biology, targeting may be aimed at a particular subset of macrophages. Advances in basic and therapeutic concepts of particulate targeting of macrophages and related nanotechnology approaches for immune cell modifications are discussed.Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Innate Immunity
    Issue number5–6
    Pages (from-to)509-528
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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