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Researchers identify nutrient metabolism that drives breast tumor metastasis

(VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)) A multinational group of scientists, led by professor Sarah-Maria Fendt (VIB-KU Leuven), have discovered that breast cancer cells that have invaded other organs rely on a different nutrient metabolism to produce energy than normal cells and non-metastasizing cancer cells. To demonstrate their findings, the researchers used mouse models to show that inhibiting energy production from this nutrient metabolism reduces the occurrence of metastases by more than 60 percent.
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