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Uptake and metabolism of the short-chain fatty acid butyrate, a critical review of the literature.
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PMID:  22571479     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) formed by bacterial fermentation of fibre in the colon, and serves as anenergy source for colonocytes. The action of butyrate as a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) has led to a number of clinical trials testing its effectiveness as a potential treatment for cancer. The biology of butyrate transport is therefore relevant to both its physiological and pharmacological benefits. This review of the literature was carried out to assess the evidence for both the uptake and metabolism of butyrate, in an attempt to determine possible mechanism(s) by which butyrate can act as an HDACi. It is noted that although uptake and metabolism are well characterised, there are still significant gaps in the knowledgebase around the intracellular handing of butyrate, where assumptions or dated evidence are relied upon.
Stuart M Astbury; Bernard M Corfe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current drug metabolism     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1875-5453     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-5-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100960533     Medline TA:  Curr Drug Metab     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Molecular Gastroenterology Research Group, Academic Unit of Surgical Oncology, Department of Oncology, University of Sheffield, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield, S10 2JF; UK.
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