Metastasis Research Laboratory, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Increased amino acid consumption resulting from overexpression of cell surface transporters in tumour cells provides an alternative to glucose.17-19 Most notably, glutamine is utilised as a source of nitrogen and carbon to generate biosynthetic components and for mitochondrial metabolism, essential for growth, proliferation and survival (figure 1). The link between metabolism and metastatic progression extends beyond elevated sugar transporter expression.
Metabolic imaging non-invasively measures the functional state of tumours and metastases, and provides a mean by which to rapidly evaluate tumour response to therapy, resistance to a given treatment or even to predict treatment response.
The first and most commonly used probe developed for imaging tumour metabolism is the glucose analogue fluorodeoxyglucose radiolabelled with the positron emitter fluor-18 (18F-FDG).
Cancer cells increase their amino acid consumption to accommodate their biosynthetic needs. Metabolic alterations in cancer provide exciting new therapeutic opportunities for this often fatal disease. Ramirez de Molina A, Rodriguez-Gonzalez A, Gutierrez R, Martinez-Pineiro L, Sanchez J, et al.
A South Australian Cancer Atlas shows important variations in cancer risk and outcomes, but can better use be made of Australian data to support the work of Cancer Councils?
Cancer Forum is produced by Cancer Council Australia for health professionals working in cancer control. How many times have you or someone you know, when discussing diet, weight loss, and exercise, groaned and complained about a slow metabolism? Your basal metabolic rate (BMR), plus the thermic effect of the foods you eat, added to something often referred to as Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) or Non-Exercise Physical Activity (NEPA) makes up your energy requirements for each day. BMR, or Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), is the energy requirement of your body either without any activity or while lying motionless. And if you’re working out like a fiend and are still not where you want to be physically or in terms of body fat percentage, then consider the following. It’s easy to lose site of all this information when we compare ourselves to others who seem to effortlessly lose weight or stay lean.
My guess would be that your naturally-thin friend quite possibly has a very active job, as opposed to sitting at the computer or in meetings or answering the phone all day.
The subtle but consistent differences in activity and lifestyle make it appear that we have two camps: those who stay thin effortlessly and those who do not. Vanessa Bennington found her way in the health and fitness worlds through a unique combination of education, personal experience, and self-experimentation.
Phenylketonuria (fee-null-keet-o-noo-ria), mercifully also known as “PKU” (pee – kay – you) is a disorder in which phenylalanine, an essential amino acid, is not broken down as it normally would be by an enzyme (phenylalanine hydroxylase) and thus accumulates (in the form of phenylpyruvic acid) in the body.
This is bad because buildup of phenylpyruvic acid has several negative effects, the most important being to interfere with normal development of neural tissues. In the US and elsewhere (I do not know how widely, but presumably wherever “western medicine” is practiced widely) newborns are tested for PKU and if they test positive steps are taken to avoid negative effects. The PKU “system” is very useful and instructive because several aspects of evolutionary biology can be explored using from this perspective. This diagram (click the thumbnail for a larger version) shows Phenylalanine’s place in the broader metabolic arena in simplified form. If the enzyme that normally converts phenylalanine into tyrosine is not present, the phenylalanine transforms instead into Phenylpyruvic Acid and builds up in the body, and via the bloodstream interferes with neural development, and causes condition known as PKU. Failure to convert homogenistic acid into maleylacetoacetate is another inherited disease called Alkaptonuria, a rare condition that causes urine to turn black on exposure to the air and other effects, including early (adult) onset of a certain kind of arthritis. Most genes (in humans) are inherited in functioning form from both parents (there are some genes where the copy inherited from one of the parents is turned off, and there are genes on the X and Y chromosomes that are inherited from only one parent in males). Another example may be the molecule(s?) in chocolate that are poisonous to dogs, but apparently not to humans. In fact, I would expect animals that very rarely eat meat to very commonly have the inability to break down molecules such as phenylalanine that are only found in meat in any quantity. From this perspective, PKU can easily be understood as an environmental disease, or a poison, just like any of the other poisons (like strychnine) found in nature. L-Phenylalanine is biologically converted into L-tyrosine, another one of the DNA-encoded amino acids.
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The hallmark symptoms of Wilson’s temperature syndrome (WTS) – persistent or relapsing fatigue, anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, muscle aches, cognitive dysfunction, and an overall lack of well-being – are indistinguishable from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and hypothyroidism, except that WTS requires low body temperature as diagnostic of WTS.
Wilson’s temperature syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion and is confirmed by a therapeutic trial of WT3 therapy. Although WTS does not require the strict definition of fatigue lasting for more than 6 months as in the diagnosis of CFS, in most cases the definition is indistinguishable from CFS, except that WTS includes patients who have mild fatigue and low body temperature and it does not require other symptoms to be present at the same time.
The predominance of pain or fatigue is the primary means of distinguishing between these two syndromes. In bones affected with osteoporosis, new bone formation does not keep up with one removal, leaving the bone progressively brittle. As bone is lost, the skeleton continues to have normal composition, but it becomes more porous, hyper-mineralized, and more fragile.
The World Health Organization has declared osteoporosis the second largest medical problem, next to cardiovascular disease, and is the most common bone disorder in America.
More than 25 million Americans, primarily women, are candidates for developing osteoporosis. The disease leads to 1.5 million fractures per year, including hip, spinal compression and vertebral fractures which often lead to surgical intervention.
These fractures are associated with varying degrees of pain, deformed spine, height loss, loss of appetite, heartburn, bloating, and difficulty sleeping, breathing and walking. Other metabolic bone and joint diseases and disorders (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, endocrine disorders, Paget’s disease, and amenorrhea) account for an additional 12 million cases of accelerated bone loss per year. Treatment is only partially successful (at best) once progressive bone weakening has occurred, therefore it is important to identify women in danger and those who are currently losing bone at an accelerated rate so that effective treatment can begin in the prevention rather than reversal of one loss. If prevention is the goal, it is important to start treatment in young women in their 30’ and 40s, as most women over age 30 slowly loose bone, with menopause marking the onset of more rapid bone loss. Preventive measures, such as diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements are known to help prevent and partially reverse the effects of osteoporosis. PTH induces osteoclastic activity (bone breakdown which allows for bone formation), freeing calcium ions.
Thus, PTh increases calcium absorption in the GI tract and decerses calium loss in the urine. Reduced parathyroid function lowers calcium levels and, below, certain levels, causes muscle stiffness, cramps, and convulsions. Reduced PTH contributes to rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis formation in susceptible individuals. Measurements of bone mass assess the short term likelihood of fractures, however few tools are available to assist healthcare professionals in assessment of bone resorption before it has become excessive.
One urinary excretion test, pyridinium crosslinks, has been found to be the most accurate are specific markers of bone resorption and provides a valid parameter in the diagnosis of osteoporosis.
Another test which can assess bone mass, but not the dynamics of bone formation is photon absorptiometry. The differential diagnosis of osteoporosis includes a thorough exam for other calcium metabolism disorders such as osteomalacia, osteogenesis imperfecta, hyperparathyroidism, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, Cushing’s syndrome, multiple myeloma, rheumatoid arthritis, and renal failure. Pharmacological agents for osteoporosis fall into two categories; they either inhibit bone resorption or stimulate bone formation. Other conventional treatment of osteoporosis includes estrogen replacement therapy (ERT), calcium supplements, and weight bearing exercise. At present, there is no definition of consciousness which is universal and covers all essential characteristics. Survivors of severe brain damage classically go through different clinical entities before partially or fully recovering consciousness.
Different clinical entities encountered on the gradual recovery from coma, illustrated as a function of cognitive and motor capacities. Differences in brain metabolism measured in brain death and unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, compared with healthy subjects.
A coma is a transient condition: patients’ eyes remain closed, even after painful stimulation and hence they remain unaware of the surroundings and of themselves.
G6PD Deficiency The body needs adequate amounts of red and white blood cells to keep tissues oxygenated, fight infection, and maintain health.
Renewed enthusiasm in this field has been sparked in part by the realisation that metabolic pathways, oncogenes and tumour suppressors are intimately linked and regulate tumour growth and metastasis through complex reciprocal interactions. In this model, glycolytic stromal cells under oxidative stress generate lactate, ketone bodies, glutamine and fatty acids that are taken up by metastatic tumour cells to generate energy through the oxidative mitochondrial metabolism.13-15 While this phenomenon may have relevance to the anti-tumour effect of natural antioxidants,16 more work is required to clarify how it can be targeted in metastatic disease. This implies not only that tumours from different tissues display different metabolic profiles, but also that the metabolic activity of metastases from the same tumour may differ depending on the site of metastatic lesions.  Evidence for this is emerging. However, if the goal is to translate these findings into personalised therapies, a major challenge ahead will be to define the metabolic profiles specific to each tumour type and their site-specific metastases. Thus, imaging of metabolism has high potential to improve the clinical management of patients. The transport of 18F-FDG via glucose transporters directly reflects the cellular use of glucose. Differential expression of metabolic genes in tumor and stromal components of primary and metastatic loci in pancreatic adenocarcinoma.


The relation between glucose utilization, lactic acid production and utilization and the growth cycle of L strain fibroblasts. Warburg meets autophagy: cancer-associated fibroblasts accelerate tumor growth and metastasis via oxidative stress, mitophagy, and aerobic glycolysis. The reverse Warburg effect: aerobic glycolysis in cancer associated fibroblasts and the tumor stroma. Up-regulation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase alpha and fatty acid synthase by human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 at the translational level in breast cancer cells. Potential role of sugar transporters in cancer and their relationship with anticancer therapy.
Overexpression of Glut-1 and increased glucose metabolism in tumors are associated with a poor prognosis in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma.
Differential subcellular distribution of glucose transporters GLUT1-6 and GLUT9 in human cancer: ultrastructural localization of GLUT1 and GLUT5 in breast tumor tissues. Differential expression of facilitative glucose transporter (GLUT) genes in primary lung cancers and their liver metastases.
Triple-negative and HER2-overexpressing breast cancers exhibit an elevated risk and an earlier occurrence of cerebral metastases.
Metabolic interaction between cancer cells and stromal cells according to breast cancer molecular subtype.
Expression of glutamine metabolism-related proteins according to molecular subtype of breast cancer.
Dynamic metabolic transformation in tumor invasion and metastasis in mice with LM-8 osteosarcoma cell transplantation.
Omental adipose tissue-derived stromal cells promote vascularization and growth of endometrial tumors. Mature adipocytes, but not preadipocytes, promote the growth of breast carcinoma cells in collagen gel matrix culture through cancer-stromal cell interactions. Single-photon emission computed tomography tracers for predicting and monitoring cancer therapy. Marked, homogeneous, and early [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography responses to vemurafenib in BRAF-mutant advanced melanoma. 18FDG-Positron emission tomography for the early prediction of response in advanced soft tissue sarcoma treated with imatinib mesylate (Glivec). Early prediction of nonprogression in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer treated with erlotinib by using [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose and [(18)F]fluorothymidine positron emission tomography. Immortalization and transformation are associated with specific alterations in choline metabolism.
Increased choline kinase activity and elevated phosphocholine levels in human colon cancer. Overexpression of choline kinase is a frequent feature in human tumor-derived cell lines and in lung, prostate, and colorectal human cancers.
Metabolic shifts induced by fatty acid synthase inhibitor orlistat in non-small cell lung carcinoma cells provide novel pharmacodynamic biomarkers for positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Comparative evaluation of 18F-labeled glutamic acid and glutamine as tumor metabolic imaging agents. Synthesis of optically pure 4-fluoro-glutamines as potential metabolic imaging agents for tumors. Myc regulates a transcriptional program that stimulates mitochondrial glutaminolysis and leads to glutamine addiction. Specific PET imaging of xC- transporter activity using a (1)(8)F-labeled glutamate derivative reveals a dominant pathway in tumor metabolism.
Multiple studies have shown that people who engage in intentional exercise either unconsciously either ate more to compensate or overcompensated for the calories burned by moving less after the exercise and thus negating their efforts to a degree.
We often compare how much we are working out and how much we are eating, and then we blame our genetics for giving us this tortoise-like ability to lose fat. But really it’s a case of those who are active in an effortless or routine way and those who are not active. L-tyrosine in turn is converted into L-DOPA, which is further converted into dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline).
Thyroid tests have no role in diagnosing this condition other than to rule out decreased thyroid gland function. Denis Wilson developed the SR-T3 treatment protocol over a 2-year period via empirical observations of treating patients with intractable fatigue (treating more than 5,000 people over 4 years). This test is excellent for identifying women who are in immediate danger of developing fractures.
A “T” score compares a patient’s bone mass to a young, normal subject, and a “Z” score is a comparison of patients’ bone mass to age matched normal subjects. ERT inhibits bone resorption in postmenopausal women and has been shown to reduce the incidence of osteoporotic fractures by about 50%.
Patients in brain death show an  ‘empty-skull sign’, clearly different from what is seen in vegetative patients, in whom brain metabolism is massively and globally decreased (to 40-50% of normal values) but not absent. Enzymes are proteins that help regulate biochemical reactions and metabolism in the body and cells. Bloody, murky or discolored urine can alarm and cause panic that there is something physically wrong with your body. Growth requires a cancer’s cells to replicate all of their cellular components; their DNA, RNA, proteins and lipids must all be doubled in order to divide into daughter cells.
The identification of key pathways and enzymes regulating metabolism in cancer cells provides new opportunities for cancer therapy. The authors proposed that these changes could reflect a predisposition or bioenergetics adaptation of tumour cells to the brain microenvironment that contribute to their survival and growth in brain.
Several imaging modalities that take advantage of the increased metabolic activity observed in cancer cells have been implemented in the clinic or are in pre-clinical development. However, unlike glucose, phosphorylation of 18F-FDG by hexokinase produces 18F-FDG-6 phosphate, which cannot be further metabolised and therefore is trapped and accumulates in cells. Advances with the design of new radiotracers will contribute to the clinical translation of anti-metabolic drugs currently in development.
The thermic effect of food (the amount of calories needed to digest food) accounts for about 10-15% of your energy requirements. She may also burn anywhere from 150 to 500 calories more per day depending on whether she has a day full of walking around, shopping, and cleaning or if she spends the day sitting and working on the computer. As you may have correctly guessed, there was no small amount of anorexia and bulimia involved. It has limited value, however, in predicting those who will lose bone, develop osteoporosis, or are more likely to suffer fractures in the future. Bone formation stimulators include sodium fluoride, androgens, parathyroid hormone, and growth hormone. Although the conventional approach reduces the incidence of osteoporosis, many women cannot or will not use ERT because of the risks and side effects associated with it.
Exceptionally, patients may awaken from their coma fully aware but unable to move or speak – their only way to communicate is via small eye movements (locked-in syndrome).
The passage from the UWS to the minimally conscious state (MCS) is marked by reproducible evidence of “voluntary behavior” on command following. There should be an evident cause of coma without confounding factors, such as hypothermia, drugs, electrolyte, and endocrine disturbances (Laureys, Perrin, Schnakers, Boly, & Majerus, 2005). Autonomous functions, such as breathing and thermoregulation, are reduced, which often requires respiratory assistance. In the case of red blood cells, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) is a very important enzyme. Metals in Medicine Laboratory, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Melbourne, Burwood Campus, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.
This has motivated the development of several specific inhibitors targeting metabolic pathways and their therapeutic evaluation in pre-clinical models or in cancer patients. It is not clear from this study whether this metabolic reprogramming is characteristic of all or only a subtype of brain-metastatic tumours. These include PET, single photon emission computerised tomography and magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Clinical studies on lymphomas and solid tumours have demonstrated the prognostic value of 18F-FDG for the early assessment of tumour response to conventional therapies.20,54 Therapy-induced changes in glycolysis occur as early as a few hours following treatment, and well before any detectable changes in tumour size.
However, the apparent metabolic heterogeneity of tumours and metastases poses a significant challenge with regard to the selection of best treatment and imaging modalities for specific tumour type and metastatic site. But, consider this: the average calories burned during an hour of intentional exercise is about 328 calories for every 100lbs of body weight. This daily surplus of movement and expended calories adds up over time, just as non-movement and surplus calories can. It keeps red blood cells healthy so they can function properly and live a normal life span of approximately 120 days.
Cancer cells must adjust their metabolism accordingly, to enable this frenzied growth.Respiration 101Cells require energy to absorb nutrients, to react to changes in their surroundings, to maintain their internal environment, grow, and replicate. The unravelling of metabolic pathways associated with cancer progression has also highlighted the extensive metabolic heterogeneity that exists between, and within, each cancer type as well as between metastatic sites. Therefore, 18F-FDG uptake informs on the suitability of a chosen therapeutic intervention and allows rapid identification of non-responders who could benefit from alternative interventions. While 18F-FDG remains the gold standard for imaging of glycolytic tumours, other radiotracers are required to overcome some of its limitations, particularly in tumours that rely on alternative metabolic pathways for growth.
But, the vast majority of people who complain about their slow metabolisms don’t have a metabolism problem at all.
Imaging of the brain typically shows the absence of activity in the entirety of the patient’s brain i.e.


It is a product of cellular metabolism and is a sterile liquid that is expelled from the body. The translation of these findings into personalised therapy remains a considerable challenge.
Thus, 18F-FDG is increasingly utilised as a non-invasive marker in clinical studies, validating the efficacy of new therapies for which no reliable biomarkers are currently available (e.g. The most promising new tracers currently in development are glutamine and glutamate analogues.
Couple a sedentary lifestyle with a daily surplus of calories beyond your basic energy requirements and over time you have weight gain.
I usually workout for over an hour daily (not nonstop, however), so it does happen, but it’s not typical. To this end, the use of positron emission tomography to non-invasively visualise tumour metabolism is likely to facilitate the implementation of and assessment of new targeted therapies. B-Raf inhibitors for melanoma, c-Kit inhibitors for gastrointestinal stromal tumours and EGFR inhibitors for non-small cell lung cancers).55-57 Similarly, 18F-FDG could be a valuable marker of efficacy for new drugs targeting glycolysis or mitochondrial metabolism.
Whether these tracers, alone or in combination with 18F-FDG, could provide more accurate detection of metastatic spread should be further investigated.
Too much food and not enough energy expenditure causes you to gain weight (be it fat or muscle or both, depending on the circumstances). Here, we briefly review the key metabolic changes associated with cancer progression and discuss recent advances in the field of positron emission tomography for metabolic imaging of cancer and their potential to improve the clinical management of cancer patients. Currently, most radiotracers only reflect the accumulation of nutrients due to increased transporter expression. Since many metabolic alterations involve changes in the expression or activity of metabolic enzymes, efforts should be put towards developing more specific probes for these enzymes. Yes, folks, I’m simplifying things quite a bit here, but for the most part this is how it works.
Drinking more fluids, preferably water, will solve this.Light yellow to clear colored urine is typical for people who are properly hydrated. So, if we are having difficulty losing weight and blaming it on our metabolism but our blood work and hormones are actually in line, then we have to start thinking about where the problem really lies.
However, if you are over hydrated or have water intoxication, you can also have clear urine. Be careful if you have increased urination, especially clear colored urine, because if it is not a result of great water intake, then it can be a sign of diabetes.After drinking too much alcohol, your urine will become clear, because alcohol is a diuretic and it increases the rate you have to pee. Also, alcohol forces an increase in urination and your body is forced to extract water from other organs, along with other important electrolytes in your body.
For example, asparagus can affect the odor of the urine and make it appear greener.a€? Red or pink urine can be caused by certain foods that are naturally red, or by some prescription drugs and laxatives. In cells undergoing normal respiration (orange pathway), glucose gets completely broken down into pyruvate, which is further processed into carbon dioxide, producing 32 molecules of ATP. But if it is blood that is causing this change in color, then that can be a sign of a medical condition like bladder stones, kidney cancer or enlarged prostate.a€? Murky urine can be a sign of kidney stones or a urinary tract infection (UTI). Also, if men notice murky urine, it might be semen left in the urinary tract that causes the urine to be cloudy.a€? Orange urine is usually caused by certain medications with dyes, rhubarb, blackberries and beets. Also it can be caused by dehydration and jaundice.a€? Foamy urine, if excessive, can be a sign of ingesting too much protein. Other tests that may be done include a complete blood count, hemoglobin, checking your bilirubin level, and a reticulocyte count, which measures immature red blood cells. If you rule out medication or food as causes for the change in your urine color, contact your physician as soon as possible. It is essentially a cost-benefit calculation, where the benefits of speedy ATP production outweigh the costs associated with inefficient glucose breakdown.
There is no cure for the condition, but in severe cases, a blood transfusion may be necessary. Cancer cells undergoing aerobic glycolysis also produce many intermediate biosynthetic precursors. Individuals can recover from the hemolysis caused by G6PD deficiency on their own, but severe hemolytic events do occur.
These molecules are used as building blocks for the production of proteins, lipids and DNA required by the rapidly dividing cells.Greedy for GlucoseHow do cancer cells satisfy their voracious appetite for glucose? After a month, her body was unrecognizableEATING THIS COMMON FOOD CAN GIVE YOU BRAIN WORMSYou Are Not Overweight a€“ You Only Have Bloated Stomach!
Managing G6PD deficiency involves avoiding foods and medications that can trigger the condition. These act as gateways through the surface of the cell membrane, selectively allowing glucose molecules to enter the cell. Cancer cells express increased amounts of glucose transporters on their cell surface membranes, so more glucose is brought inside the cell. Once inside the cell, the glucose is broken down by aerobic glycolysis into lactic acid, in order to speedily produce ATP and metabolic precursors through various metabolic pathways. These pathways are tightly controlled, requiring specific enzymes for processing the molecules from each step to the next. Cancer cells are addicted to these metabolic precursors; the enzymes that control these pathways are often over-expressed or mutated in cancer cells. After a month, her body was unrecognizable July 11, 2016 TRY THIS RECIPE THAT PERFECTLY REDUCES EVEN THE DEEPEST WRINKLES July 10, 2016 EATING THIS COMMON FOOD CAN GIVE YOU BRAIN WORMS July 10, 2016 You Are Not Overweight a€“ You Only Have Bloated Stomach! Talk with your doctor about when to call the doctor and how you can stay healthy with this condition. For example, 5-fluorouracil, methotrexate, and pemetrexed inhibit the biosynthesis of DNA precursor molecules.
After a month, her body was unrecognizableTRY THIS RECIPE THAT PERFECTLY REDUCES EVEN THE DEEPEST WRINKLESEATING THIS COMMON FOOD CAN GIVE YOU BRAIN WORMSYou Are Not Overweight a€“ You Only Have Bloated Stomach! In this image, besides the normal accumulation of the FDG molecule in the heart, bladder, kidneys, and brain, liver metastases of a colorectal tumour are visible in the abdominal region. Image credit: Jens Maus, Wikimedia Public Domain.What is the utility of this alternative metabolic pathway to healthy cells?
The ability to grow and divide rapidly is useful in the context of wound healing and immune responses. When an immune response is required, immune cells massively increase their glucose uptake, switch from metabolising glucose through normal respiration to aerobic glycolysis, and switch on the multitude of enzymes that control the biosynthesis of proteins, lipids, and DNA. Therefore there is a strong evolutionary basis for rapid cell division and faster growth, despite the inefficient use of glucose in the process. This is an active area of research; we are still deciphering the exact mechanisms of this metabolic switch. This activates the hypoxia stress response, mediated by the hypoxia inducible factor (HIF). However, over recent years it has become clear that HIF activity is not merely a response to low oxygen levels. HIF can be activated in response to a variety of triggers, such as radiation induced DNA damage, signalling from other proteins, growth factors, and the presence of pyruvate.
Once activated, HIF can go on to activate genes that support aerobic glycolysis, and repress genes involved in normal respiration.HIF clearly plays a central regulatory role in switching the metabolism of cancer cells from normal respiration to aerobic glycolysis. One of the most important pathways is controlled by an enzyme known as Phosphoinositide 3 Kinase (often shortened to PI3K). PI3K can be activated by a variety of survival signals from outside the cell, via receptors on the cell surface membrane. Once activated, the PI3K pathway can mediate cell growth and survival, inhibit apoptosis, activate angiogenesis, and, notably here, activate aerobic glycolysis. Once activated, mTOR can also activate HIF, further supporting HIF’s efforts to switch cancer cell metabolism from normal respiration to aerobic glycolysis.
It is therefore unsurprising that cancers often have mutations that inactivate PTEN, thus preventing it from inactivating PI3K signalling.Switching metabolism in cancer. HIF moves into the nucleus of the cell and activates genes that promote aerobic glycolysis while repressing normal metabolism. Throughout this series, I have described normal cellular processes that serve to check uncontrolled growth and division. Many of the signalling pathways involved in these processes can cross-talk with each other: the components of one pathway can regulate another.
For example, I discussed how the protein P53 is known as the Guardian of the Genome, as it is responsible for detecting and mitigating DNA damage.
Another recently discovered function of P53 is in promoting normal respiration while dampening aerobic glycolysis. Given that P53 is the most commonly mutated protein in all cancers, it is unsurprising that the loss of normal P53 function disrupts this balance and pushes the cell towards aerobic glycolysis. Tumours are complex tissues, made up not only of cancer cells, but blood vessels, immune cells and other bystanders. These healthy cells are co-opted and subverted to perform tasks that support cancer progression. For example, the lactic acid secreted by cancer cells can induce tumour associated macrophages to create new blood vessels for the growing tumour, via the HIF pathway.
I studied at the University of Bath, earned my PhD at the University of Glasgow, and then recently finished a postdoc at the University of Hawaii.In my spare time, I moonlight as a science communicator, by making science more accessible to the public. I do this by de-jargoning research papers and debunking sensationalised science reporting in the media.




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