Targeting Epigenetics to Prevent Obesity Promoted Cancers

Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2018 Mar;11(3):125-128. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-18-0043. Epub 2018 Feb 23.


Epigenetic changes in DNA and associated chromatin proteins are increasingly being considered as important mediators of the linkage between obesity and cancer. Although multiple agents, targeted at epigenetic changes, are being tested for therapy of established cancers, this issue of Cancer Prevention Research carries two articles demonstrating that the bromodomain inhibitor I-BET-762 can attenuate adipose tissue-promoted cancers. Although I-BET-762 significantly delayed, rather than completely prevented, the onset of adiposity-promoted transformation and malignancy, these experiments provide important proof of principle for the strategies of targeting epigenetic changes to disrupt the obesity-cancer linkage. Because bromodomain proteins represent only one of multiple epigenetic mediators, it is probable that targeting other epigenetic processes, alone or in combination, may serve to even more effectively disrupt the obesity promotion of cancer. Given the magnitude of the current obesity pandemic and its impact on cancer, preventive measures to disrupt this linkage are critically important. Cancer Prev Res; 11(3); 125-8. ©2018 AACRSee related article by Chakraborty et al., p. 129.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Adiposity*
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / genetics
  • Epigenesis, Genetic*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / genetics
  • Obesity / genetics