On the mechanism of iron oxide-induced macrophage activation: the impact of composition and the underlying signaling pathway.

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Summary of "On the mechanism of iron oxide-induced macrophage activation: the impact of composition and the underlying signaling pathway."

Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) have emerging anti-cancer applications via polarizing tumor-associated macrophages from tumor-promoting phenotype (M2) to tumor-suppressing phenotype (M1). However, the underlying mechanism and structure-function relationship remain unclear. We report magnetite IONPs are more effective compared to hematite in M1 polarization and tumor suppression. Moreover, magnetite IONPs specifically rely on interferon regulatory factor 5 signaling pathway for M1 polarization and downregulate M2-assoicated arginase-1. This study provides new understandings and paves the way for designing advanced iron-based anti-cancer technologies.


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Name: Journal of the American Chemical Society
ISSN: 1520-5126


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