PPARγ in head and neck cancer prevention.

Author(s): Burotto M,  Szabo E

Journal: Oral Oncol

Date: 2014 Oct

Major Program(s) or Research Group(s): LUACRG

PubMed ID: 24434068

PMC ID: PMC4096621

Abstract: Head and neck cancer is a major source of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Intervention during the early phases of carcinogenesis represents a promising new strategy for curbing the devastating effects of this disease and its primary treatment modalities, surgery and radiation with or without concomitant chemotherapy. This review focuses on the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) as a target for chemoprevention of oral cancer. Accumulating data suggest that ligands of PPARγ, which include the thiazolidinedione class of agents approved for the treatment of diabetes, inhibit cancer cell growth in vitro and in animal carcinogenesis models, providing the rationale for testing this approach in populations at risk for head and neck cancer.