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Vaspin and its relation to cancer (Review)

  • Authors:
    • Shubham Agarwal
    • Shreya Desai
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  • Published online on: September 23, 2021     https://doi.org/10.3892/wasj.2021.129
  • Article Number: 58
  • Copyright: © Agarwal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Abstract

Adipose tissue releases signaling molecules and hormones which are known as adipokines. Adipose tissue also provides a medium for low‑grade inflammation which occurs from adipocyte hypertrophy with ensuing hypoxia and cell death. Cancers are known to arise in states of low‑grade inflammation. There have been attempts to understand the role of adipokines in cancer pathogenesis and to establish their use as diagnostic and prognostic tools, as well as treatment targets. The present review article aims to highlight the role of vaspin in various types of cancer. Vaspin is known to inhibit apoptosis via the phosphatidylinositol‑3‑kinase/protein kinase B pathway, which has also been implicated in the development of colorectal cancer. The inhibition of the apoptosis of cells with malignant potential promotes tumor formation. At the same time, vaspin exhibits anti‑inflammatory and insulin‑sensitizing properties, which possibly confer its tumor inhibitory effects observed in endometrial cancer. However, its role either as a tumor promoter or inhibitor in other types of cancer in which it has not yet been studied would be difficult to predict.

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Agarwal S and Agarwal S: Vaspin and its relation to cancer (Review). World Acad Sci J 3: 58, 2021
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Agarwal, S., & Agarwal, S. (2021). Vaspin and its relation to cancer (Review). World Academy of Sciences Journal, 3, 58. https://doi.org/10.3892/wasj.2021.129
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Agarwal, S., Desai, S."Vaspin and its relation to cancer (Review)". World Academy of Sciences Journal 3.6 (2021): 58.
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Agarwal, S., Desai, S."Vaspin and its relation to cancer (Review)". World Academy of Sciences Journal 3, no. 6 (2021): 58. https://doi.org/10.3892/wasj.2021.129