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Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2000 Dec;21(12):469-74.

PPAR-gamma agonists: therapeutic role in diabetes, inflammation and cancer.

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Department of Vascular Biology, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, NFSP(N), Coldharbour Road, Harlow, CM19 5AD, Essex, UK.


The recent development of a novel class of insulin-sensitizing drugs, the thiazolidinediones (TZDs), represents a significant advance in antidiabetic therapy. One key mechanism by which these drugs exert their effects is by activation of the peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma (PPAR-gamma), a member of the nuclear receptor family. Evidence supporting this mechanism of action of the TZDs will be reviewed in this article. Recent data suggests that PPAR-gamma agonists might also have therapeutic potential in the treatment of inflammatory diseases and certain cancers.

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