The impact of tumor associated macrophages on tumor biology under the lens of mathematical modelling: A review

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In this article, we review the role of mathematical modelling to elucidate the impact of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) in tumor progression and therapy design. We first outline the biology of TAMs, and its current application in tumor therapies, and their experimental methods that provide insights into tumor cell-macrophage interactions. We then focus on the mechanistic mathematical models describing the role of macrophages as drug carriers, the impact of macrophage polarized activation on tumor growth, and the role of tumor microenvironment (TME) parameters on the tumor-macrophage interactions. This review aims to identify the synergies between biological and mathematical approaches that allow us to translate knowledge on fundamental TAMs biology in addressing current clinical challenges.


Original languageEnglish
Article number1050067
JournalFrontiers in Immunology
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2022

External IDs

Scopus 85142631588
unpaywall 10.3389/fimmu.2022.1050067
Mendeley e56313f4-7b30-3ab7-bd82-b5b5e07953b8
PubMed 36439180


Research priority areas of TU Dresden


  • Biology, Macrophages, Models, Theoretical, Tumor Microenvironment, Tumor-Associated Macrophages