Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Antioxidants and Cancer: More Caution

This week's nature has a very interesting article on a potential pro-survival effect of antioxidants on metastatic cells. This stems from the observation that cells that loose attachment to the extracellular matrix (ECM), have increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) intracellularly, leading to a reduced atp levels. In this model, these defects were reversed by the application of antioxidants (NAC or a vitamin E derivative).

Of course we have been telling patients for years not to take large amounts of antioxidants during radiation therapy due to the potential reversal of the oxygen dependent indirect effect of RT. This however is a much broader cautionary tale, albiet without any direct human clinical data at this time...


nature: Antioxidant and oncogene rescue of metabolic defects caused by loss of matrix attachment

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