WCAX-TV, the television station in Burlington (Vermont, USA), devotes a report to a study on cancer, headed by Salvador Aznar Benitah, ICREA researcher and group leader of the Stem Cells and Cancer Laboratory at IRB Barcelona. The study reports that in mice a specific protein called CD36 absorbs fat from the cell membrane and is the agent that determines whether the cancer grows elsewhere in the body. The study demonstrates the anti-metastatic effect of blocking the CD36 protein in mice.
Based on their findings, Salvador Aznar Benitah's group is now working to develop treatments. "We are taking a group of patients with oral cancer and spitting them into two groups. One group will go on a diet with very low levels of palmitic acid while the other will be on a controlled diet, with a standard amount of fat. This will allow us to compare the effect of the two diets," said Salvador Aznar Benitah.
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About IRB Barcelona
Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 28 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).