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Free Radic Biol Med. 1995 Apr;18(4):757-73.

Review of the effects of dietary fat on experimental mammary gland tumorigenesis: role of lipid peroxidation.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48824, USA.


The purpose of this communication is threefold, that is, (1) to review and critique the studies designed to examine the interrelationship between dietary fat and experimental rodent mammary gland tumorigenesis, (2) to assess the influence of dietary fat on growth of human breast carcinoma transplants in immunodeficient mice, and (3) to examine and discuss the role of products of lipid peroxidation in these tumorigenic processes. It is concluded from this review and critique that the amount and type of dietary fat can significantly influence the development and/or growth of rodent mammary gland tumors and growth of human breast carcinomas in immune deficient mice. Dietary fat can be either stimulatory or inhibitory to these tumorigenic processes, phenomena that could be a function, at least in part, of the generation of products of lipid peroxidation.

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