Metastases: the role of saturated fats

A study has shown that the metastases from several different types of cancers are derived from subpopulations of tumor cells which express the fatty acid receptor CD36 at their cell surface. The activation of this receptor by a saturated fat that is ubiquitous in modern diets (palmitate) stimulates the formation of these metastases, suggesting that an excess of saturated fats in the diet could play an important role in the evolution of cancer. Download the column

Richard Béliveau

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Despite the harmful effects which are well known to be associated with the use of tobacco, 20% of Canadians still smoke due to their very strong addiction to nicotine. A recent study suggests that electronic cigarettes facilitate quitting smoking and could thus represent a valuable asset to people who want to stop smoking. Download this column.