Role of Adipose Cells in Tumor Microenvironment

  • Tao Zhang
  • Mikhail G. KoloninEmail author
Part of the Studies in Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials book series (SMTEB, volume 16)


As the obesity epidemic escalates, the resistance of adipose tissue to dietary and pharmacological interventions remains a challenge. Adipose tissue overgrowth and dysfunction is associated with the metabolic syndrome, many cancers and certain non-malignant fibrotic conditions. The complexity of systemic and local changes accompanying adipose tissue remodeling in disease has made it difficult to identify the cellular and molecular culprits in this pathological link. Nevertheless, recent efforts in clinical research and animal models have uncovered the roles of individual adipose cell populations and molecules secreted by them in obesity and the associated disorders. This chapter will address the role of adipose stromal cells and adipocytes recruited by tumors in cancer progression. Specifically, it will introduce inflammatory factors and other adipokines as the key players in adipose tissue and in tumor microenvironment. Discussion of adipose cell roles in immunomodulation, vascularization, matrix remodeling and metabolism will be followed by prospects in identification of signaling responsible for adipose cell trafficking and in ex vivo modeling of adipose tissue. Better understanding of adipose tissue mechanobiology in the context of disease will help define adipose cells populations as potential therapy targets.


Hepatocyte Growth Factor Tumor Microenvironment White Adipose Tissue Stromal Vascular Fraction Adipose Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative MedicineThe Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science CenterHoustonUSA

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