Open Access Research article

PPARδ status and mismatch repair mediated neoplasia in the mouse intestine

Karen R Reed1*, Owen J Sansom2, Anthony J Hayes1, Andreas J Gescher3, Jeffrey M Peters4 and Alan R Clarke1

Author Affiliations

1 Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Museum Avenue, Cardiff CF103US, UK

2 Beatson Institute of Cancer Research, Garscube Estate, Switchback Road. Glasgow G611BD, UK

3 Department of Cancer Studies, University of Leicester, Leicester LE2 7LX, UK

4 Centre for Molecular Toxicology, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, 312 Life Sciences Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA

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BMC Cancer 2006, 6:113  doi:10.1186/1471-2407-6-113

Published: 3 May 2006



Therapeutic regulation of PPARδ activity using selective agonists has been proposed for various disorders. However, the consequences of altered peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor delta (PPARδ) activity in the context of intestinal tumourigenesis remain somewhat unclear. Contradictory evidence suggesting PPARδ either attenuates or potentiates intestinal neoplasia. To further investigate the PPARδ dependency of intestinal tumourigenesis, we have analysed the consequences of PPARδ deficiency upon intestinal neoplasia occurring in mice with impaired mismatch DNA repair.


Mice deficient for both PPARδ and the mismatch repair gene Mlh1 were produced and the incidence and severity of intestinal neoplasia recorded.


No significant differences between the control genotypes and the double mutant genotypes were recorded indicating that deficiency of PPARδ does not modify impaired mismatch repair induced neoplasia.


In contrast with the previously observed acceleration of intestinal neoplasia in the context of the ApcMin/+ mouse, PPARδ deficiency does not alter the phenotype of mismatch repair deficiency. This data supports the notion that PPARδ is not required for adenoma formation and indicate that any pro-tumourigenic effect of PPARδ inactivation may be highly context dependent.