Cholesterol, Cholesterogenesis and Cancer

  • Marvin D. Siperstein
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 369)


The suggestion that deranged cholesterol synthesis may play a role in carcinogenesis is not a new one. With characteristic prescience, Aldous Huxley anticipated the findings of the past few years linking cholesterol metabolism and cancer when he wrote as follows:

Some of the sterols were definitely poisonous… Longbottom had even suggested a connexion between fatty alcohols and neoplasms. In other words, cancer might be regarded, in the final analysis, as a symptom of sterol poisoning” (Huxley, 1939). Over the past few years, however, indeed in the past few months, there has been a remarkable burst of interest and publications suggesting not only that derangements in cholesterogenesis may relate to cancer, but that intervention in this synthetic pathway may specifically inhibit the growth of cancer cells.


Feedback Control Cholesterol Synthesis Mevalonic Acid Sterol Synthesis FARNESYL Pyrophosphate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marvin D. Siperstein
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  1. 1.Department of Veterans Affairs Medical CenterUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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