Diabetes, cancer, and metformin: connections of metabolism and cell proliferation.
ABSTRACT Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing and dying from cancer. This increased risk may be due to hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, and insulin resistance or other factors. Metformin has recently gained much attention as it appears to reduce cancer incidence and improve prognosis of patients with diabetes. In vitro data and animal studies support these findings from human epidemiological studies. Metformin has multiple potential mechanisms by which it inhibits cancer development and growth. For example, metaformin inhibits hepatic gluconeogenesis, thus decreasing circulating glucose levels, and it increases insulin sensitivity, thus reducing circulating insulin levels. Intracellularly, metformin activates AMPK, which decreases protein synthesis and cell proliferation. Metaformin also reduces aromatase activity in the stromal cells of the mammary gland. Finally, metformin may diminish the recurrence and aggressiveness of tumors by reducing the stem cell population and inhibiting epithelial to mesenchymal transition. Here, we discuss the metabolic abnormalities that occur in tumor development and some of the mechanisms through which metformin may alter these pathways and reduce tumor growth.
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ABSTRACT: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), a chronic disease increasing rapidly worldwide, is well established as an important risk factor for various types of cancer. Although many factors impact the development of T2DM and cancer including sex, age, ethnicity, obesity, diet, physical activity levels, and environmental exposure, many epidemiological and experimental studies are gradually contributing to knowledge regarding the interrelationship between DM and cancer. The insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, and chronic inflammation associated with diabetes mellitus are all associated strongly with cancer. The changes in bioavailable ovarian steroid hormone that occur in diabetes mellitus (the increasing levels of estrogen and androgen and the decreasing level of progesterone) are also considered potentially carcinogenic conditions for the breast, endometrium, and ovaries in women. In addition, the interaction among insulin, insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), and ovarian steroid hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, could act synergistically during cancer development. Here, we review the cancer-related mechanisms in T2DM, the epidemiological evidence linking T2DM and cancers in women, and the role of antidiabetic medication in these cancers.01/2015; 2015:1-12. DOI:10.1155/2015/920618
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ABSTRACT: The increased expression of pro-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic chemokines contributes to ovarian cancer progression through the induction of tumor cell proliferation, survival, angiogenesis, and metastasis. The substantial potential of these chemokines to facilitate the progression and metastasis of ovarian cancer underscores the need for their stringent transcriptional regulation. In this Review, we highlight the key mechanisms that regulate the transcription of pro-inflammatory chemokines in ovarian cancer cells, and that have important roles in controlling ovarian cancer progression. We further discuss the potential mechanisms underlying the increased chemokine expression in drug resistance, along with our perspective for future studies.03/2015; 5(1):223-243. DOI:10.3390/biom5010223
Journal of Pharmacy Practice 02/2015; 28(1):44-5. DOI:10.1177/0897190014559391