Adipose Tissue Macrophages in Obesity, Inflammation, and Cancer

  • Carey Nien-Kai LumengEmail author
Part of the Energy Balance and Cancer book series (EBAC, volume 7)


The chronic low-grade inflammation induced by obesity is a key connection between obesity and disease. It is now understood that the supporting stromal cells in adipose tissue contribute to this inflammatory response in significant ways. Of these, adipose tissue macrophages (ATMs) are major effectors of inflammation in hypertrophic adipose tissue. However, we now know that ATMs are diverse in their phenotypes and have functions that may contribute directly and indirectly to impact cancer risk. This review will summarize our current understanding of the phenotypic diversity in ATMs and how this is altered in obesity. The potential role that ATMs play in breast and ovarian cancer pathogenesis will also be discussed given the close association between adipose tissue and these cancer types.


Adipose Tissue Adipose Tissue Inflammation Adipose Tissue Macrophage Milky Spot Modify Cancer Risk 
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Support for this work was derived in part from NIH Grant DK090262 and DK092873.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics and Communicable DiseasesUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA

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