International Journal of Clinical Oncology

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 222–228 | Cite as

The sesquiterpene α-bisabolol in the adipocyte−cancer desmoplastic crosstalk: does it have an action on epithelial−mesenchymal transition mechanisms?

  • Salvatore ChirumboloEmail author
  • Geir Bjørklund
Review Article


Alpha-bisabolol is a plant-derived sesquiterpene alcohol recently associated with a supposed anti-cancer action due to its ability to induce BID-related apoptosis. The molecule, which enters the cell through lipid rafts, may also interact with kisspeptin receptor 1, which has recently been associated with tumor mobility and invasiveness. This evidence suggests the possibility that α-bisabolol might act on the epithelial−mesenchymal transition mechanism, closely associated with the desmoplastic reaction of adipose tissue surrounding a pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. This review addresses the issue on the basis of the most recent reported literature in the field.


Alpha-bisabolol EMT mechanism Pancreas cancer Adipocyte 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurological and Movement SciencesUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly
  2. 2.CONEM Scientific SecretaryMo i RanaNorway
  3. 3.Council for Nutritional and Environmental MedicineMo i RanaNorway

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