Needle-like multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are engulfed by macrophages, which cause inflammation and asbestosis-like pathogenesis in rodents; however, how macrophages recognize MWCNTs remains unclear. Omori et al. demonstrate that Tim4 recognizes MWCNTs through aromatic-aromatic interactions and mediates macrophage phagocytosis leading to granulomas.
- molecular dynamics simulation
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)