Crosstalk between peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor δ and VEGF stimulates cancer progression

Dingzhi Wang, Haibin Wang, Yong Guo, Wei Ning, Sharada Katkuri, Walter Wahli, Beatrice Desvergne, Sudhansu K. Dey, Raymond N. DuBois

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Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) δ is a member of the nuclear hormone receptor superfamily. PPARδ may ameliorate metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. However, PPARδ's role in colorectal carcinogenesis remains controversial. Here, we present genetic and pharmacologic evidence demonstrating that deletion of PPARδ decreases intestinal adenoma growth in ApcMin/+ mice and inhibits tumor-promoting effects of a PPARδ agonist GW501516. More importantly, we found that activation of PPARδ up-regulated VEGF in colon carcinoma cells. VEGF directly promotes colon tumor epithelial cell survival through activation of PI3K-Akt signaling. These results not only highlight concerns about the use of PPARδ agonists for treatment of metabolic disorders in patients who are at high risk for colorectal cancer, but also support the rationale for developing PPARδ antagonists for prevention and/or treatment of cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19069-19074
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number50
StatePublished - Dec 12 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Apoptosis
  • Colorectal cancer

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  • General


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