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Beyond Promoter: The Role of Macrophage in Invasion and Progression of Renal Cell Carcinoma

[ Vol. 15 , Issue. 7 ]


Haibao Zhang and Guodong Zhu*   Pages 588 - 596 ( 9 )


Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is one of the common urologic neoplasms, and its incidence has been increasing over the past several decades; however, its pathogenesis is still unknown up to now. Recent studies have found that in addition to tumor cells, other cells in the tumor microenvironment also affect the biological behavior of the tumor. Among them, macrophages exist in a large amount in tumor microenvironment, and they are generally considered to play a key role in promoting tumorigenesis. Therefore, we summarized the recent researches on macrophage in the invasiveness and progression of RCC in latest years, and we also introduced and discussed many studies about macrophage in RCC to promote angiogenesis by changing tumor microenvironment and inhibit immune response in order to activate tumor progression. Moreover, macrophage interactes with various cytokines to promote tumor proliferation, invasion and metastasis, and it also promotes tumor stem cell formation and induces drug resistance in the progression of RCC. The highlight of this review is to make a summary of the roles of macrophage in the invasion and progression of RCC; at the same time to raise some potential and possible targets for future RCC therapy.


Macrophage, renal cell carcinoma, invasion, progression, cytokines, angiogenesis.


Department of Urology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, 710061, Department of Urology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, 710061

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