Publication in Cell Metabolism

Cell metabolism discovery could lead to treatments for cancer, common cold.

Scientists at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have published the first study explaining in detail how viruses reprogram the metabolism of the cells they invade to promote continued viral growth within an organism.

 
The findings could have implications for cancer treatments based on similarities between viruses and cancer-cell mechanisms and may even lead to drugs that could inhibit the virus that causes the common cold, the scientists say.
 
The research, which was led by postdoctoral scholar Minh Thai and assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology Heather Christofk, appears April 1 in the online edition of the journal Cell Metabolism and will be published in a future print issue of the journal.
 
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