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. 2017 May;19(5):418-420.
doi: 10.1038/ncb3523. Epub 2017 Apr 19.

When Cancer Needs What's Non-Essential


When Cancer Needs What's Non-Essential

Mark R Sullivan et al. Nat Cell Biol. .


The non-essential amino acids serine and glycine are critical for proliferative metabolism. A study in Nature now finds that dietary serine and glycine deprivation inhibits growth of some tumours. Whether this dietary intervention is effective depends on both the oncogenic context and tumour tissue of origin.

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