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Question: Can supplemental amino acids affect protein metabolism?

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Answer: Branched-chain amino acid infusions can decrease protein catabolism in cancer patients. Whether this alter clinical outcomes is yet to be defined. Glutamine is a nonessential amino acid important for gastrointestinal mucosal growth that is often depleted in cancer patients. Because of its instability in simple amino acid form, it is not routinely added to […]

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Question: Can anabolic agents improve malnutrition in cancer patients?

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Answer: The reason standard TPN fails to improve clinical outcomes is that standard TPN does not affect the changes in intermediary metabolism. The addition of metabolic agents or other biological response modifiers to TPN offers promise. Use of insulin improves protein balance in both cachectic animal and human studies. Growth hormone improves protein metabolism, wound […]

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