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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

Immunotherapy, the Answer to Cancer?

Posted by MD Biosciences on Aug 30, 2016 2:46:55 PM

Immunoinhibitory checkpoints — act as the BREAKS of an immune system — shutting down the adaptive immune response. While inhibitory checkpoints such as PD-1 and CTLA-4 are important in the long-term prevention of auto-immune disorders, cancer will often take advantage of these signaling molecules to avoid destruction by the host immune system. In light of this, development of antagonistic monoclonal antibodies to block these signaling molecules has led to the FDA approval of both an anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody, ipilimumab, and two anti-PD-1 antibodies, pembrolizumab and nivolumab, for the treatment of cancer.

These immunotherapeutic treatments have demonstrated versatility in the treatment of multiple cancer types. Nivolumab — first approved for the treatment of metastatic melanoma in late 2014 — has since been approved for treating advanced lung cancer and renal cell carcinoma, further illustrating the versatility of this immunotherapeutic approach. While demonstrating promise as single agents, the efficacious effects of these therapies are dramatically improved when they are used in combination with other chemo-radiation, or immuno-therapies. This exciting area of therapeutic potential is still in its infancy and continues to grow as more and more is learned about harnessing the body’s own capabilities to destroy cancer.

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Topics: cancer/tumor, Immuno-Oncology

What is the Impact of Vendor Animal Microbiomes on Disease?

Posted by MD Biosciences on Apr 22, 2016 2:35:00 PM

On Thusday, MD Biosciences' Lead Scientist Britnie James, Ph.D. presented at the 2nd Annual Translational Microbiome Conference held in Boston, MA.  Her talk entitled "Understanding the Impact of Animal Vendors and the Microbiome in Tumor Progression and Treatment in a Model of Metastatic Breast Cancer" highlights the importance of the role of the micorbiome in disease progression and treatment. 

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Topics: Inflammation, cancer/tumor, Microbiome

2015 Recap|Clinical Diagnostics & Translational Research

Posted by MD Biosciences on Dec 17, 2015 4:57:36 PM

As we wind down to years end, we at MD Biosciences would like to thank everyone, especially our collaborators, for making this year a success. We have undergone significant growth that we expect to continue throughout the upcoming year.

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Topics: Pain, Inflammation, Neuro/CNS, post-operative pain, cancer/tumor, Microbiome, Biomarkers, CLIA, Neuropathy

Biomarkers Put Precision In Precision Medicine | AMP 2015

Posted by MD Biosciences on Nov 12, 2015 12:58:51 PM

The 2015 annual AMP meeting opened Novemeber 5th in Austin TX, with a presentation by Dr Brian Druker titled “Imatinib as a Paradigm of Targeted Cancer Therapies.”  This year’s recipient of the AMP Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics, Dr Druker highlighted the importance of identifying patients through biomarkers and matching therapies to the patient.  This theme continued through many of the presentations, posters and vendor exhibits the importance of providing physicians actionable results for patient care and therapeutics.  Molecular diagnostics are critical to any discussion on precision or personalized medicine. 

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Topics: cancer/tumor, Microbiome, Biomarkers, Association for Molecular Pathology, Pathology, precision medicine