The Roles of Monocyte and Monocyte-Derived Macrophages in Common Brain Disorders

Biomed Res Int. 2020 Jun 4;2020:9396021. doi: 10.1155/2020/9396021. eCollection 2020.


The brain is the most important and complex organ in most living creatures which serves as the center of the nervous system. The function of human brain includes controlling of the motion of the body and different organs and maintaining basic homeostasis. The disorders of the brain caused by a variety of reasons often severely impact the patients' normal life or lead to death in extreme cases. Monocyte is an important immune cell which is often recruited to the brain in a number of brain disorders. However, the role of monocytes may not be simply described as beneficial or detrimental. It significantly depends on the disease models and the stages of disease progression. In this review, we summarized the current knowledge about the role of monocytes and monocyte-derived macrophages during several common brain disorders. Major focuses include ischemic stroke, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, intracerebral hemorrhage, and insomnia. The recruitment, differentiation, and function of monocyte in these diseases are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Diseases*
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Humans
  • Inflammation*
  • Macrophages* / cytology
  • Macrophages* / immunology
  • Macrophages* / physiology
  • Mice
  • Monocytes* / cytology
  • Monocytes* / immunology
  • Monocytes* / physiology