Intertwined regulation of angiogenesis and immunity by myeloid cells

Trends Immunol. 2015 Apr;36(4):240-9. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2015 Mar 11.


Angiogenesis is a hallmark of cancer because its induction is indispensable to fuel an expanding tumor. The tumor microenvironment contributes to tumor vessel growth, and distinct myeloid cells recruited by the tumor have been shown not only to support angiogenesis but also to foster an immune suppressive environment that supports tumor expansion and progression. Recent findings suggest that the intertwined regulation of angiogenesis and immune modulation can offer therapeutic opportunities for the treatment of cancer. We review the mechanisms by which distinct myeloid cell populations contribute to tumor angiogenesis, discuss current approaches in the clinic that are targeting both angiogenic and immune suppressive pathways, and highlight important areas of future research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Immunity / immunology*
  • Myeloid Cells / immunology*
  • Neoplasms / blood supply*
  • Neoplasms / immunology*
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / immunology*