Particulate systems for targeting of macrophages: Basic and therapeutic concepts

S. M. Moghimi, L. Parhamifar, D. Ahmadvand, P. P. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-528
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Innate Immunity
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Drug delivery
  • Macrophage diseases
  • Nanomedicine
  • Nanoparticles
  • Phagocytosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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