Correlation Engine 2.0
Clear Search sequence regions

Sizes of these terms reflect their relevance to your search.

Microglia are the resident innate immune cells of the immune-privileged CNS and, as such, represent the first line of defence against tissue injury and infection. Given their location, microglia are undoubtedly the first immune cells to encounter a developing primary brain tumour. Our knowledge of these cells is therefore important to consider in the context of such neoplasms. As the heterogeneous nature of the most aggressive primary brain tumours is thought to underlie their poor prognosis, this Review places a special emphasis on the heterogeneity of the tumour-associated microglia and macrophage populations present in primary brain tumours. Where available, specific information on microglial heterogeneity in various types and subtypes of brain tumour is included. Emerging evidence that highlights the importance of considering the heterogeneity of both the tumour and of microglial populations in providing improved treatment outcomes for patients is also discussed.


Lily Keane, Mathilde Cheray, Klas Blomgren, Bertrand Joseph. Multifaceted microglia - key players in primary brain tumour heterogeneity. Nature reviews. Neurology. 2021 Apr;17(4):243-259

Expand section icon Mesh Tags

PMID: 33692572

View Full Text