Tidbit: GLUT6 – the "pseudogene"

GLUT6 is expressed in various tissues in the body, but doesn’t encode any functional glucose transport protein (1). Why does it occur at all? It’s thought that GLUT6’s nucleotide sequence may have simply occurred from an insertion of GLUT3 reverse transcribed in a region of an untranslated gene (1). Reference List 1. Kayano T, BurantContinue reading “Tidbit: GLUT6 – the "pseudogene"”

Review of study on using antioxidant response as predictor for radiation pneumonitis

A currently unpredictable outcome of radiotherapy on lung cancer patients is radiation pneumonitis (lung inflammation). This study was the first performed on humans to determine how antioxidant response may be used to predict this “potentially lethal treatment-related complication”. The oxidative stress link had been established through studies on irradiated mice. Type of study: Observational studyContinue reading “Review of study on using antioxidant response as predictor for radiation pneumonitis”