Based on recent reports that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor delta (PPARδ) activation promotes tumourigenesis, we have investigated the role of this protein in Apc-mediated intestinal tumourigenesis. We demonstrate that the inactivation of Apc in the adult small intestine, while causing the expected nuclear accumulation of β-catenin, does not cause the expected increase in PPARδ mRNA or protein but conversely, the levels of PPARδ mRNA and protein are lowered. Furthermore, we find that Apc MinPPARδ-null mice exhibit an increased predisposition to intestinal tumourigenesis. Our data suggest that PPARδ is not directly regulated by β-catenin, and that inhibition of PPARδ activity is unlikely to be an appropriate strategy for the chemoprevention or chemotherapy of intestinal malignancies.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cancer Research