Dietary fat and lipid metabolism in the tumor microenvironment

Goswami S., Zhang Q., Celik C. E., Reich E. M., Yilmaz Ö. H.

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Reviews on Cancer, vol.1878, no.6, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 1878 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.bbcan.2023.188984
  • Journal Name: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Reviews on Cancer
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Keywords: Fatty acid, High fat diet, Immunosuppression, Lipid metabolism, Obesity, Therapeutic intervention, Tumor microenvironment
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


Metabolic reprogramming has been considered a core hallmark of cancer, in which excessive accumulation of lipids promote cancer initiation, progression and metastasis. Lipid metabolism often includes the digestion and absorption of dietary fat, and the ways in which cancer cells utilize lipids are often influenced by the complex interactions within the tumor microenvironment. Among multiple cancer risk factors, obesity has a positive association with multiple cancer types, while diets like calorie restriction and fasting improve health and delay cancer. Impact of these diets on tumorigenesis or cancer prevention are generally studied on cancer cells, despite heterogeneity of the tumor microenvironment. Cancer cells regularly interact with these heterogeneous microenvironmental components, including immune and stromal cells, to promote cancer progression and metastasis, and there is an intricate metabolic crosstalk between these compartments. Here, we focus on discussing fat metabolism and response to dietary fat in the tumor microenvironment, focusing on both immune and stromal components and shedding light on therapeutic strategies surrounding lipid metabolic and signaling pathways.