According to an innovative research which is published in Nature Chemical Biology, triggering the rate of action or the activity of the enzyme known as pyruvate kinase has been shown to significantly halt the growth of tumors in mice. The growth oftumors to dangerous proportions is the main contributing factor of being inflicted withcancer. According to the distinguished Dr. Vander Heiden of the Howard S. and LindaB. Stem Career Development Assistant Professor of Biology at the world-renownedMIT, triggering the activation of pyruvate kinase could play a key role in disrupting the growth of cancerous tumors. Before delving further into this case, let’s acquire abrief insight of this enzyme. Present in all the living organisms, pyruvate kinase is themain enzyme involved in the metabolism of glycogen. By catalyzing the final step inglycolysis it produces two molecules of ATP which is a crucial chemical required for the normal functioning of cells. According to Dr. Vander Heiden, healthy cells only derive energy from ATP for sustaining the organism. Contrary to this, cancerous cells derive energy from ATP not only for sustentation but also to build to new cells. This innovative discovery has unearthed the fact that the growth of cancerous cells can be halted ortotally turned off by triggering the activity rate of pyruvate kinase.
Cancer might take away all our physical abilities but it cannot take away our heart, mind and desire to live.