In laboratory studies, a recent study has revealed promising results for a common diabetes drug against a rare type of brain tumour during childhood.

Metformin inhibited tumour growth in a group that suffered from neuroblastoma in the cranial back hole in cell and rat samples.

Metformin is a commonly prescribed drug for diabetes. However, it may bode well for its potential use against a rare type of brain tumour in childhood in laboratory studies according to a report by an international team of researchers led by the University of Michigan’s Rogel Cancer Center, published in Science Translational Medicine.

Experiments on Diabetes Drug

Experiments revealed new concepts for group A suffering from neuroblastoma in the back craniotomy. Or PFAs led the research team to a potentially new treatment approach. Globally destroyed tumours are a subset of neuroblastomas, accounting for about 5% of childhood brain tumours. And affecting approximately 240 children each year in the United States. According to site statistics.

“These types of tumours challenge our basic understanding of cancer because most tumours are known to arise from mutations or genetic errors”. Told lead study author Dr Sriram Ginnetti, professor of family research at al and Robert Glick paediatrics in the Michigan pathology department.

Precision medicine curricula strive to identify these mutations and target them with certain medications. However, neuro clavicular tumours in the back craniotomy (PFAs) lack such cancer-causing hereditary changes.

“We discovered again in 2016 that non-genetic changes are the main drivers of these tumours.” That is, he did not refer to the permanent mutations of the DNA itself but to changes in how cells arrive and read DNA sequences.

Neurobladicular tumours in the back craniotomy (PFAs) share some non-genetic similarities to the spread of essential bridge gliomas. Commonly referred to as DIPGs

“There is a critical genetic marker lost in these tumours. Which is almost identical to the mutation we see in dips,” Venti said. Tumours also appear in similar parts of the developing brain in the same young age group.

The research group had previously discovered that the significant mutation in diffuse bridge gliomas (DIPGs) changed the metabolism of cells. And also, wondered whether the EZHIP protein expressed excessively in neural endothelial tumours in the back cranium pit (PFAs) had done the same.

Unexpected results of Diabetes Drug

Diabetes was a clear area to use when looking for ways to inhibit glucose metabolism. The same process that drives nerve lining tumours in the back cranium pit (PFA).

The researchers decided to monitor how the common metformin drug used to treat diabetes can affect neuroblastoma cells in the back cranium pit (PFA). The drug has a proven safety record in adults and children. And remains increasingly used in cancer clinical trials aimed at tumour metabolism, Venditti says.

He said: “We have tried this and found that metformin inhibits the metabolism of cancer cells and kills cells in some cases of neuroblastoma (PFA).” “Unexpectedly, we found that metformin reduces the level of EZHIP protein. Which caused these non-genetic changes mainly.”

The remainder of Diabetes Drug

“As a reminder, these mutations do not lead to these tumours, as non-genetic changes remain caused by ship protein. Therefore opens up the possibility of therapeutic inhibition of the abnormal protein that causes these tumours to occur actively.”

At the same time, when metformin remained given to tumour-infected mice, it reduced. And also, reduced tumour metabolism led to more prolonged survival in a subset of metformin-sensitive tumours.


Researchers reported that metformin resistance could remain overcome using panobinostat. A drug used in clinical trials to treat other brain cancers. The next step will be to translate laboratory discoveries into a clinical trial, Ginnetti says.

Therefore, Metformin has already remained shown to be safe enough to be used in other clinical trials of pediatric brain cancer survivors. Which gives us a great start in rapidly transferring these results from the laboratory to patient trials, he said.