Adipose Tumor Microenvironment

  • Abbie Zewdu
  • Lucia CasadeiEmail author
  • Raphael E. Pollock
  • Danielle Braggio
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1226)


The term “adipose tissue” represents a multicellular and multifunctional organ involved in lipid storage, in hormone and temperature regulation, and in the protection of bones and vital organs from impact-based damage. Emerging evidence now suggests a more malignant role of adipose tissue in promoting cancer onset and progression via the release of secreted factors such as interleukin-6 (IL6) and extracellular vesicles (EVs). These adipose-source factors subsequently affect various aspects of tumorigenesis and/or cancer progression by either directly enhancing the tumor cell oncogenic phenotype or indirectly by the stimulating adjacent normal cells to adopt a more pro-cancer phenotype. Due to the recent growing interest in the role of IL6 and EVs released by adipose tissue in cancer promotion and progression, we are focusing on the protumorigenic impact of fat tissue via IL6 and EV secretion.


Adipose tumor Tumor microenvironment Adipokines Inflammation Interleukin-6 Glycoprotein 130 Signal transduction Extracellular vesicles Cell-to-cell communication Cancer Liposarcoma Adipocytes Preadipocytes Macrophages Fibroblasts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abbie Zewdu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lucia Casadei
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Raphael E. Pollock
    • 1
    • 2
  • Danielle Braggio
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Program in Translational TherapeuticsThe James Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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