TURKISH JOURNAL OF BIOCHEMISTRY-TURK BIYOKIMYA DERGISI, vol.38, no.1, pp.31-36, 2013 (SCI-Expanded)
Objective: Cancer cells choose their metabolic pathway depending on the oxygen content and substrate concentration of the medium. A wide spectrum of therapeutic agents regulating the energy metabolism of cancer cells are in still in use. Cytosine arabinoside (Ara-C) is a pyrimidine analogue used in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and simvastatin is an inhibitor of HMG-CoA (3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA) reductase, which regulates cholesterol biosynthesis. Thus, this study aimed to assess the energy metabolism of HL-60 promyelocytic leukemia cells and healthy white blood cells, additionally to determine the effects of simvastatin and Ara-C, alone or in combination on the energy metabolism of these cells.