Macrophage Cell Membrane-Cloaked Nanoplatforms for Biomedical Applications

Joana Lopes, Daniela Lopes, Miguel Pereira-Silva, Diana Peixoto, Francisco Veiga, Michael R. Hamblin, João Conde, Claudia Corbo, Ehsan Nazarzadeh Zare, Milad Ashrafizadeh, Franklin R. Tay, Chengshui Chen, Ryan F. Donnelly, Xiangdong Wang, Pooyan Makvandi, Ana Cláudia Paiva-Santos

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

62 Citations (Scopus)


Biomimetic approaches utilize natural cell membrane-derived nanovesicles to camouflage nanoparticles to circumvent some limitations of nanoscale materials. This emergent cell membrane-coating technology is inspired by naturally occurring intercellular interactions, to efficiently guide nanostructures to the desired locations, thereby increasing both therapeutic efficacy and safety. In addition, the intrinsic biocompatibility of cell membranes allows the crossing of biological barriers and avoids elimination by the immune system. This results in enhanced blood circulation time and lower toxicity in vivo. Macrophages are the major phagocytic cells of the innate immune system. They are equipped with a complex repertoire of surface receptors, enabling them to respond to biological signals, and to exhibit a natural tropism to inflammatory sites and tumorous tissues. Macrophage cell membrane-functionalized nanosystems are designed to combine the advantages of both macrophages and nanomaterials, improving the ability of those nanosystems to reach target sites. Recent studies have demonstrated the potential of these biomimetic nanosystems for targeted delivery of drugs and imaging agents to tumors, inflammatory, and infected sites. The present review covers the preparation and biomedical applications of macrophage cell membrane-coated nanosystems. Challenges and future perspectives in the development of these membrane-coated nanosystems are addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2200289
JournalSmall Methods
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • biointerfaces
  • biomimetic nanoparticles
  • cancer
  • cell membrane-coated nanosystems
  • inflammation
  • macrophages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Macrophage Cell Membrane-Cloaked Nanoplatforms for Biomedical Applications'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this