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Effects of Essential Amino Acid Intake on Net Protein Synthesis in Weight-losing Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patients (2009)

Title:

Effects of Essential Amino Acid Intake on Net Protein Synthesis in Weight-losing Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patients

Key words:

amino acids, anorexia

Research Institution:

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Location:

Arkansas

Researcher:

Marielle Engelen

Project Description:

Weight loss commonly occurs in non-small lung cancer patients, negatively influencing their quality of life, treatment response, and survival. Loss of muscle protein is generally a central component of weight loss in cancer patients. Anorexia, due to metabolic alterations in cancer, leads to reduced food intake. This study examines the acute effects of a nutritional essential amino supplement on net protein synthesis in non-small lung cancer patients with weight loss.

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