‘Glucose plays a potentially important role in fighting cancer”
Researchers from Trinity College in Dublin have discovered that glucose may play an important role to play in the fight against cancer.
Glucose is a form of sugar that is essential for energy and cell growth. In responding to infections, the immune system actively, which a large amount of glucose is used. When immune cells lack glucose, they weaken.
The research team showed that dendritic cells, which are part of the immune system to become more efficient in the stimulation of an immune response if they are too little glucose.
Dendritic cells act as messengers that antigens, or foreign material in the body, transported to the T-cells in the immune system. T-cells are a type of white blood cell cancer can eliminate.
“It is clear that glucose is an important signalling role plays in our immune system because the cells have access to glucose is quite behave differently than cells in which it is not,” says researcher David Finlay in Trinity News.
“We have discovered that dendritic cells are actually better in stimulating immune responses if they are too little glucose. That is not the case with other immune cells that are analyzed.”
The research is published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.