Author(s): Sporn MB, Suh N, Mangelsdorf DJ
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Abstract Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma), a nuclear receptor and transcription factor that regulates the expression of many genes relevant to carcinogenesis, is now an important target for development of new drugs for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Deficient expression of PPARgamma can be a significant risk factor for carcinogenesis, although in some cases overexpression enhances carcinogenesis. Ligands for PPARgamma suppress breast carcinogenesis in experimental models and induce differentiation of human liposarcoma cells. By analogy to the selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) concept, it is suggested that selective PPARgamma modulators (SPARMs), designed to have desired effects on specific genes and target tissues without undesirable effects on others, will be clinically important in the future for chemoprevention and chemotherapy of cancer.
This article was published in Trends Mol Med
and referenced in Journal of Steroids & Hormonal Science