Lessons from cancer metabolism for pulmonary arterial hypertension and fibrosis

Seung Hye Han, Navdeep S. Chandel*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Metabolism is essential for a living organism to sustain life. It provides energy to a cell by breaking down compounds (catabolism) and supplies building blocks for the synthesis of macromolecules (anabolism). Signal transduction pathways tightly regulate mammalian cellular metabolism. Simultaneously, metabolism itself serves as a signaling pathway to control many cellular processes, such as proliferation, differentiation, cell death, gene expression, and adaptation to stress. Considerable progress in the metabolism field has come from understanding how cancer cells co-opt metabolic pathways for growth and survival. Recent data also show that several metabolic pathways may participate in the pathogenesis of lung diseases, some of which could be promising therapeutic targets. In this translational review, we will outline the basic metabolic principles learned from the cancer metabolism field as they apply to the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension and fibrosis and will place an emphasis on therapeutic potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-145
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • Metabolism
  • Metformin
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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