Recruitment of exogenous macrophages into metastases at different stages of tumor growth

Peter J. Bugelski, Richard Kirsh, Charles Buscarino, Steven P. Corwin, George Poste

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Scopus citations


The endogenous tumor-associated macrophage content and recruitment of labeled peritoneal exudate cells into experimental murine B16 melanoma metastases has been examined at different stages in the progressive growth of metastatic lesions. The recruitment of thioglycollate-elicited peritoneal exudate cells and peritoneal exudate cells activated in vitro with muramyl dipeptide was studied. Tumor-associated macrophages and labeled peritoneal exudate cells were identified in paraffin sections by specific histochemical staining and their density in individual metastases measured morphometrically. The density of tumor-associated macrophages and exogenously recruited peritoneal exudate cells was high in very small lesions but decreased rapidly as a function of enlargement of metastases, MD:An; where MD is macrophage density, A is the cross-sectional area of the lesion and n is a negative number. No significant difference was observed in the recruitment of activated and nonactivated peritoneal exudate cells. These results suggest that decreased recrutiment of macrophages from the circulation may explain the decrease in the density of tumor-associated macrophages as metastases grow and indicate that macrophage activation is not accompanied by enhanced localization and/or uptake of macrophages into metastases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Immunology Immunotherapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


Dive into the research topics of 'Recruitment of exogenous macrophages into metastases at different stages of tumor growth'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this