Stephen Hursting , Professor and Margaret McKean Love Chair, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Research Interests: Diet-gene interactions relevant to cancer prevention, particularly the molecular and hormonal mechanisms underlying energy balance-cancer associations. Focus Areas: 1. Mechanism-Based Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Studies in Genetically Engineered Mice. Our work has focused on developing and using genetically altered mouse models to identify preventive, particularly nutritional, approaches to offset the increased cancer risk due to a genetic lesion such as loss of p53 or APC tumor suppressor activity or overexpression of growth signaling molecules including Wnt-1 and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). 2. Mechanisms Underlying the Energy Balance and Carcinogenesis Relationship: The Roles of IGF-1, Leptin and Inflammatory Pathways. Obesity is an important risk factor for several human cancers, and the prevention of obesity via diet changes, physical activity, and pharmacologic interventions in animal models suppresses tumor development and extends lifespan. We are currently testing the hypothesis that the anticancer and antiaging effects of these interventions are mediated by reduced levels of IGF-1 leptin, and inflammatory factors. Using oligonucleotide microarrays and other molecular approaches, we are evaluating the molecular changes in response to dietary energy restriction with and without IGF-1 and/or leptin replacement. In addition, we are comparing other energy balance-modulating interventions, such as exercise, fasting, alcohol, phytochemicals, and a diet-induced obesity regimen to determine the key pathways linking energy balance and carcinogenesis. 3. Translational Nutrition and Chemoprevention Studies. We are collaborating with epidemiologists and clinical investigators to evaluate the effects of breast cancer chemopreventive agents including tamoxifen, raloxifene and aromatase inhibitors in combination with dietary or physical activity interventions in breast cancer clinical trials, and with several colleagues on preclinical studies of combinations of chemopreventive agents, dietary interventions and anticancer vaccines.

2008Fenton JI, Lavigne JA, Perkins SN, Liu H, Chandramouli GV, Shih JH, Hord NG, Hursting SD, Microarray analysis reveals that leptin induces autocrine/paracrine cascades to promote survival and proliferation of colon epithelial cells in an Apc genotype-dependent fashion, Mol Carcinog 47, p.9-21
2008Rogers CJ, Berrigan D, Zaharoff DA, Hance KW, Patel AC, Perkins SN, Schlom J, Greiner JW, Hursting SD, Energy restriction and exercise differentially enhance components of systemic and mucosal immunity in mice, J Nutr 138, p.115-122
2007Mai V, Colbert LH, Perkins SN, Schatzkin A, Hursting SD, Intestinal microbiota: a potential diet-responsive prevention target in ApcMin mice, Mol Carcinog 46, p.42-48
2006Nunez NP, Oh WJ, Rozenberg J, Perella C, Anver M, Barrett JC, Perkins SN, Berrigan D, Moitra J, Varticovski L, Hursting SD, Vinson C, Accelerated tumor formation in a fatless mouse with type 2 diabetes and inflammation, Cancer Res 66, p.5469-5476

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