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AMPK: Linking Metabolism & Cancer

Posted by MD Biosciences on Oct 3, 2016 2:32:13 PM

Cancer: The Metabolic Link

After decades of research into the genetics of cancer, there has been amassing evidence associating these cancer causing genes, or oncogenes, to cellular metabolism and bioenergetics regulation. This metabolic link serves to facilitate the rapid growth and survival that is characteristic of many cancer cells. Given this, it is not surprising that obesity, already known to exacerbate metabolic disorders, is also affiliated with increased cancer risk. As obesity approaches pandemic levels, understanding the mechanisms involved between cancer and organism metabolism becomes increasingly important.

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Topics: cancer/tumor, AMPK