Influence of dichloroacetate (DCA) on lactate production and oxygen consumption in neuroblastoma cells: is DCA a suitable drug for neuroblastoma therapy?

Many cancer cells metabolize glucose preferentially via pyruvate to lactate instead to CO(2) and H(2)O (oxidative phosphorylation) even in the presence of oxygen (Warburg effect). Dichloroacetate (DCA) is a drug which is able to shift pyruvate metabolism from lactate to acetyl-CoA (tricarboxylic acid cycle) by indirect activation of pyruvate dehydrogenase… CONTINUE READING