Renal lipid metabolism abnormalities in obesity and clear cell renal cell carcinoma

Ion Alexandru Bobulescu, Laurentiu M. Pop, Chinnadurai Mani, Kala Turner, Christian Rivera, Sabiha Khatoon, Subash Kairamkonda, Raquibul Hannan, Komaraiah Palle

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Clear cell renal cell carcinoma is the most common and deadly type of cancer affecting the kidney, and is characterized histologically by large intracellular lipid deposits. These deposits are thought to result from lipid metabolic reprogramming occurring in tumor cells, but the exact mechanisms and implications of these metabolic alterations are incompletely understood. Obesity is an independent risk factor for clear cell renal cell carcinoma, and is also associated with lipid accumulation in noncancerous epithelial cells of the proximal tubule, where clear cell renal cell carcinoma originates. This article explores the potential link between obesity-associated renal lipid metabolic disturbances and lipid metabolic reprogramming in clear cell renal cell carcinoma, and discusses potential implications for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number608
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Lipotoxicity
  • Metabolic reprogramming
  • Preneoplastic changes
  • Tumorigenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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