Natural products for regulating macrophages M2 polarization

Zhen Chang, Youhan Wang, Chang Liu, Wanli Smith, Lingbo Kong

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Macrophages M2 polarization have been taken as an anti-inflammatory progression during inflammation. Natural plant-derived products, with potential therapeutic and preventive activities against inflammatory diseases, have received increasing attention in recent years because of their whole regulative effects and specific pharmacological activities. However, the molecular mechanisms about how different kinds of natural compounds regulate macrophages polarization still unclear. Therefore, in the current review, we summarized the detailed research progress on the active compounds derived from herbal plants with regulating effects on macrophages, especially M2 polarization. These natural occurring compounds including flavonoids, terpenoids, glycosides, lignans, coumarins, alka-loids, polyphenols and quinones. In addition, we extensively discussed the cellular mechanisms underlying the M2 polarization for each compound, which could provide potential therapeutic strategies aiming macrophages M2 polarization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-569
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Stem Cell Research and Therapy
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2020


  • M2 polarization
  • Macrophages
  • Molecular
  • Natural occurring compounds
  • Polyphenols
  • Resveratrol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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