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Cholesterol Promotes Cancer

Cholesterol activates cellular signaling pathways associated with cancer.
Cholesterol activates cellular signaling pathways associated with cancer.

Researchers from the University of Illinois, USA, found that cholesterol contributes to the development of cancer.

According to the scientific journal "Nature Communications", cholesterol activates cellular signaling pathways associated with cancer.

To perform their functions different types of cells use thousands of signaling pathways. Signaling pathway Wnt regulates cell growth and division and is one of the most active.

Hyperactivity of this pathway in mature cells is a major factor that contributes to the development of cancer, scientists say.

According to lead researcher, Professor Cho Uonhua from University of Illinois, cholesterol is able to bind to proteins, activating a signaling pathway Wnt. This signaling pathway stimulates the development of malignant tumors, and is activated by cholesterol.

The researchers concluded that the menu containing a large amount of fat increases the risk of cancer.


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