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Effects of Lipotropes (Methyl Nutrients) on Feline Lymphoma Growth, 2009

Principal investigator: Dr. Chung S. Park, North Dakota State University

Cats have the highest incidence for lymphoma of any pet animal. Although nutrition is known to play an important role in cancer risk and tumor behavior, few studies have looked at the use of nutrients in treating feline lymphoma. Lipotropes, which are a type of methyl nutrient, may be able to inhibit the growth of lymphoma cells. This study will investigate whether supplementing feline lymphoma cells with lipotropes will inhibit the growth of cancer in a cell culture. The findings could lead to new dietary and nutritional therapies for decreasing the incidence of feline lymphoma.