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Integrative role of neuropeptides and cytokines in cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome.
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PMID:  22251421     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: The cachexia anorexia syndrome is a complex metabolic syndrome associated with cancer and some other palliative conditions characterized by involuntary weight loss involving fat and muscle, weight loss, anorexia, early satiety, fatigue, weakness due to shifts in metabolism caused by tumour by-products and cytokines. Various neuropeptides like Leptin, neuropeptide Y, melanocortin, agouti-related peptides have been known to regulate appetite and body weight. METHOD: A comprehensive literature search was carried out on the websites of Pubmed Central (, National Library of Medicine ( and various other net resources. RESULT: Data from observational studies shows that various cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1) are associated with metabolic changes resulting in cachexia in cancer patients. These cytokines may mimic the action of various neuropeptides resulting in anorexia, various metabolic effects resulting from enhanced catabolic state and weight loss. CONCLUSION: There is a need to understand and explore the role of various neuropeptides and cytokines in the pathophysiology of cancer-anorexia syndrome so that therapeutic measures may be designed for effective palliative care.
Surajeet K Patra; Sarika Arora
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-11
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Title:  Clinica chimica acta; international journal of clinical chemistry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-3492     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-1-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  1302422     Medline TA:  Clin Chim Acta     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Department of Biochemistry, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi-110001, India.
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