Folic Acid Supplementation Adversely Affects Chemosensitivity of Colon Cancer Cells to 5-fluorouracil

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Folic acid (FA) fortification and widespread supplemental use have significantly increased folate status in North America. Furthermore, >50% of colorectal cancer patients use FA supplement. The increased folate status may interfere with cancer chemotherapy.
Cell proliferation, degree of necrosis, and expression of the selected genes did not significantly differ by the supplemental levels of FA. Ishiguro et al., (2016) provided data suggesting that FA supplementation may be detrimental to 5-FU chemotherapy of colon cancer and pose public health concern.

Nutrition and Cancer. Volume 68, Issue 5, 2016 DOI: 10.1080/01635581.2016.1170168

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