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Statins effective against cancer-linked weight loss

IANS  |  Brasilia 

Besides known to treat high cholesterol, can also be used to take care of rapid weight loss, and of the body due to cancer, Brazilian researchers have found.

The condition known as cachexia, or syndrome, is common among patients with such as cancer, and

A process of adipose tissue remodelling known as browning occurs in patients with cachexia and that browning significantly contributes to the rapid loss of weight and fat, according to researchers from the (UMC) in

In experiments on mice, the team identified a key protein TLR4 (toll-like receptor 4) in this process and showed that "atorvastatin" -- a class of -- can attenuate its effects.

Treatment with atorvastatin proved effective in extending survival, attenuating adipose tissue remodeling and reducing growth [by 49.7 per cent] in comparison with a control group not treated with the drug.

"We showed that atorvastatin had a direct effect on the action of TLR4, which inhibited adipose tissue browning and reduced growth," said Junior,

In the study, reported in the journal Scientific Reports, the team induced in genetically modified mice (without TLR4) and in control wild-type mice (with TLR4).

"Adipose tissue was less altered in the genetically modified mice without TLR4. In other words, lack of the receptor significantly blocked the adipose tissue browning effect," Batista said.

But in mice treated with atorvastatin, the result was even better than that in genetically modified mice without TLR4.



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First Published: Thu, March 21 2019. 11:04 IST